A week ago today I ran the Paris Marathon. I raised money for my charity, ran with my team, and had a remarkable out of country experience.
I started distance running about the same time I began consulting. After years as a staffer working membership programs, I wanted to explore new turf. Find out how different organizations relate to their donors. And kick up my knowledge of fundraising with social media.
The running is personal. I enjoy it, and have found the stereotypes largely true. My life has changed, I’ve met incredible people, and I feel connected to city life by traversing streets, paths, and bridges. After the long walk home on 9/11, running gives me peace in NYC.
Fundraising when I run is my value added. Setting a goal, working with great organizations and trying new techniques bring my work into focus. For charity race entry, I employ different asks and acknowledgements. I put myself out there. The scale is utterly different, but I believe it helps me encourage clients to take risks.
Blending my personal and professional pursuits moves me forward. I’m proud of the money I raised to run in Paris for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. The fundrunning went very well! I’m equally pleased to have been one of 1000 US runners in a field of 38,000 finishers.
I’m honing my skills and offerings this year. An emphasis on the new and innovative, with a steady eye on stewardship and donor relations. Stronger, efficient programs with clear, insightful messages.
I don’t usually promote or share race photos. But this post is about transparency and freeing my activities from distinct corrals. I look forward to more challenges, discoveries and team work. Merci.