What does this history have to do with fundraising for your archive?
The history and philanthropic traditions of our own archives are important to our fundraising work because:
- Using the story of our own organization, we want to foster a relationship with propective donors.
- Our archive’s mission and programs are a story that we are always telling in our fundraising work.
Think about the early roots of your own archive. Answer these questions:
- Do you see how the roots of your archive can be traced to the early philanthropic activities in this country?
- How have you learned about the history of your archive?
- Are there stories of the archive that would interest a potential donor?
Take 5 minutes and write your own personal philanthropic autobiography.
- Reflect on and compose your personal philanthropic autobiography.
- Describe the many and varied ways in which philanthropy has been an influence, a factor, a determinant or a force in your life… as a beneficiar
Assess the exercise.
- Did you find out anything you didn’t already know about yourself?
- Do you have a better understanding of your personal history of philanthropy?
- Will this understanding help you understand your donors better?