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Reimagining Fundraising: Vulnerability, Authenticity, and Mental Health in the Nonprofit Sector with Patrick Kirby

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 “Your whole purpose as a fundraiser is to align people with their thoughts and their fields and their love and their passion for a specific thing.”
– Patrick Kirby

Episode #171

Overview

In this episode of What the Fundraising Podcast…

This episode is a rallying cry for change within the nonprofit sector—an invitation to embrace vulnerability, authenticity, and mental well-being as essential components of effective fundraising. Tune in for an inspiring conversation that challenges the status quo and offers hope for a more compassionate future in fundraising!

 

Patrick Kirby, Founder of Do Good Better Consulting and author of “Fundraise Awesomer!”, is a dynamic figure in the nonprofit sector. Patrick has dedicated more than ten years to various roles within the nonprofit sector, spanning organizations of diverse scales and scopes. Moreover, he sincerely believes in challenging traditional approaches and champions the mantra that “we’ve always done it this way” is perilous. 

The conversation starts with exploring the tender balance between vulnerability and professionalism in fundraising. Patrick shares personal anecdotes and insights, shedding light on the human side of fundraising that is too often overshadowed by job demands. Also, he challenges the notion that fundraisers must suppress their emotions and navigate through rejection unscathed. As the dialogue unfolds, we tackle the taboo topic of mental health in the nonprofit world. We candidly discuss the pressures faced by fundraisers, from unrealistic expectations to the pervasive culture of overwork. 

Through the conversation, Patrick advocates for a shift in mindset that prioritizes self-care and acknowledges the humanity of those working tirelessly behind the scenes. Furthermore, he invites listeners to reflect on their own experiences and consider practical strategies for fostering a healthier, more supportive work environment. Also, Patrick’s advice resonates deeply as he encourages fundraisers to advocate for themselves and seek the balance they deserve.

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Patrick Kirby is the Founder of Do Good Better Consulting, author of the Amazon best seller Fundraise Awesomer! A Practical Guide to Staying Sane While Doing Good, host of The Official Do Good Better Podcast, and a believer that “we’ve always done it this way” is the most dangerous phrase in the English language. Patrick has spent nearly 2 decades working as a fundraiser in the nonprofit industry, for organizations of all shapes and sizes, most notably as the Senior Director of Development at the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in Minneapolis, MN and the Chief Development Officer at the Anne Carlsen Center, based in Jamestown, ND. He earned his B.A. in “B.S.” (politics) at Loras College in Dubuque, IA, and is hopelessly addicted to super nerdy Sci-Fi/Fantasy novels and old school Nintendo games. Patrick married out of his league to his wife Shannon, has three ridiculously adorable children named Spencer, Preston and Willow, a puppy named Calvin, and lives in West Fargo, ND.

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