Week 6 to-do list

We don’t know about you, but it’s hard for us to believe that we’re going into Week 6 of life and work during a pandemic. It’s been both so short and soooo long. Here’s some things for communications folks to be thinking about for this week:

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Have finished or be close to finishing:

Thinking about:

Q. What would you add to this list?

Weekly Check In – April 3

How’s everyone doing this week? You made it to Friday! Deep breaths. Keep going, you got this!

Here’s our weekly resource round up. Got any good links to share? Post them in the comments!

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Fundraising in a crisis

Fundraising?! What, now?

Yes! Many of your donors want to help now and in the future. This is not the time to stop communicating with your donors and it is certainly a good time to be communicating about your organization’s program needs.

Evangeline Caros, a Vancouver-based fundraising coordinator, suggests keeping your donor messaging focused on how donations will impact this crisis. Include donors in the effort, i.e., fight with us, donate today to help now.  Caros also suggests making your case for support adaptable to wave 2 and 3 appeals. Don’t shoot yourself in the foot by making a call for support seem like an exceptional one-time ask. Second and third-wave appeals will be great tools to update your donors and remind them of an ongoing need.

If you’re re-scheduling fundraising events, Caros suggests doing something that brings people together after all of this. They won’t need a big flashy show, they’ll have been spectators to their TV for months. Your event should facilitate connections and conversations, so make the event simple and gentle.

Vancouver fundraising guru Siobhan Aspinall confirms that it’s a tricky time for non-profits, but she points to lessons learned from the 2008 global recession. Check out her suggestions for what to start doing, what to ramp up, and what to avoid on her podcast How to Fundraise During a Pandemic.

Other resources:

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Fundraising in a crisis

Interview with Test Coast Games

I was recently interviewed by Test Coast Games, a bi-weekly podcast about tabletop games from a West Coast perspective.

In the episode, we chat about my business Adventure Dice, how I started it from a place of adversity and grew it into a successful business and outlet for creativity. We discuss the impacts of COVID-19 on Terminal City Tabletop Convention, and how I pivoted the 1000+ attendee in-person event to become an online convention. We also chatted about the future of tabletop gaming and the legacy impacts that COVID-19 will have on the hobby.

Listen here: https://www.testcoast.games/2020/03/andrea-driedger-of-adventuredicea.html

The art of making mistakes

How many folks have made a mistake these last couple weeks? 🙋‍♀️I know I’ve made a few.

We’re all doing a tremendous amount of learning right now. Mistakes are okay. It’s really how we handle our mistakes when they happen that’s the important part.

What can you do to move on if you’ve made a mistake?

  • Acknowledge it. With yourself, with your boss, with your team. It’s not as scary once you recognize it.
  • Apologize. If the mistake has affected others, let them know.
  • Be compassionate. With yourself, or anyone else who might have made a mistake. We are under immense amounts of stress; kindness is key in times like these.
  • Fix it. What can you do to make it right? Put a plan in place and get to it. Make sure you communicate how you’re fixing it.
  • Ask for help. We can get through it together.
  • Learn from it. Making mistakes is the best way to grow. What can you do differently next time?