January 6, 2016

A feel good story and the power of fundraising

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I don’t know about you, but many people including myself genuinely like a feel good story.

I had some time over the holidays to watch some movies, compliments to Netflix, and I came by one that I had never heard of before which was a real great surprise. The movie is called “Louder than Words”, starring David Duchovny, Hope Davis and Timothy Hutton. The movie is about the unexpected death of a couple’s daughter, Maria, and how the couple hopes to honor the memory of Maria by building a hospital to help children and their families. I think what makes a feel good story even have more impact is when the story is based on true facts, which this story does, as the couple’s dedication resulted in the Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital at Westchester Medical Center, completed in 2004 and now ranked among the country’s best hospitals for children.

This movie reminds me so much of why I love doing what I do as a fundraiser. I have worked on many different projects since beginning my work in fundraising almost 13 years ago; so whether I am helping the Epilepsy Association of Calgary to build back their reserve fund after donations have decreased by about 2/3 since the June Floods in 2013, or the Alberta Institute for Wildlife Conservation (AIWC) needing to purchase the lands they previously leased in full as the owner of the land moved away and if the lands were sold to anyone other than the wildlife institute they were in jeopardy of having to move and build another facility, and/or the Airdrie Koinonia Christian School requiring to build a new school after many years of working out of Atco trailers and basements of churches and other facilities. The needs are all similar, just like this couple‘s needs to raise millions of dollars and clear endless bureaucratic hurdles to build a state-of-the-art pediatric hospital in Westchester, New York, to honor their daughter and help other parents in their position.

Given the scale of the world’s problems, most charities reach a fraction of the beneficiaries they need to and would like to expand. To do more of the work for which your nonprofit requires, you need to expand into new areas, reach different sections of society, do more research, branch into campaigning/advocacy, and/or just buy more basic equipment.

Whatever the future of your nonprofit needs, you can only grow to meet them through successful fundraising.

I hope you enjoy my postings and find this information useful. Please let me know what you think in the comment section of my Blog http://raveresults.ca/blog/ .

If you would like to learn more about how my experience and skills may be able to help make your feel good story and benefit your nonprofit, or a nonprofit you may be associated with, please do not hesitate to get in touch with me as I would be pleased to meet and discuss the opportunity of working together.

Happy New Year and I hope 2016 is a great feel good story for you and/or your organization.


Mitchell Ravvin, BComm, PFPC, CFRE
Professional Fundraiser
Rave Results Inc.
7436 21A Street SE
Calgary, AB T2C 0V9

Rave Results Inc. is a professional fundraising service specializing in assisting mid-size nonprofit organizations. Areas of expertise include: Donor Development, Major Gift Fundraising, Sponsorship, Planned Giving, and both Annual and Capital Campaigns.

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2 thoughts on “A feel good story and the power of fundraising

  1. Yvonne

    I always enjoy your blogs. So happy to know that you’re on the road to success, by helping other organizations to be successful.

    I will watch the movie soon. Seems to be a great one. Thank you!


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