How did you get into direct response fundraising?
Like many in this field, I took a circuitous route. An interest in writing and photography, and a soft spot in my heart for life’s underdogs, led me to journalism. But I wanted to have a more direct impact on addressing needs near and far, and I discovered that writing and creating to help non-profits do their good work gave me that chance.
What’s the best part of your job?
“Working hard at work worth doing,” as Teddy Roosevelt put it, pretty much says it all. Like any job, this one has its ups and downs, but at the end of the day, I’m grateful for the chance to use my abilities to do some good.
Worst part of your job?
I’m an optimist so I’ll say “most challenging,” not worst. And that would revolve around getting every detail right on every job we do. A lot of blood, sweat, and tears go into making that happen. In a detail-dependent business like ours, it isn’t easy.
Your favorite escape from the job?
Indonesia sounds good. Barring physical escape, running (5Ks, ½ marathons, 100-mile relays, you name it) does me good. Wailing on the harp (“harmonica” to the uninitiated). Strumming my guitar. Music. Reading. Keeping a half step ahead of my kids. It all helps keep me sane and replenishes the creative juices.