Staying Motivated During the Holiday Season

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! The holiday season is certainly one of the busiest times of the year for charitable organizations. According to Imagine Canada, this holiday season Canadians are expected to give $5 billion to charities. In fact, 40% of all funds donated this year will be given over this period.

Campaigns such as Giving Tuesday add to the momentum. Tuesday, December 1 is the third annual Giving Tuesday in Canada, a global movement for giving that includes 3,000 partners in Canada. According to Canada Helps, the second annual Giving Tuesday increased charitable donations in Canada by 75%.

With all this flurry of activity over the next month, it is no wonder many fundraisers may start to feel fatigued. But with such an important period of fundraising ahead of us, we need to do everything we can to not run out of steam.

Here are a few easy and effective ways to stay motivated and galvanize your team and colleagues:

Give yourself a break. Allow yourself 15 minutes to take a walk during your day.

Give yourself something to look forward to. Make plans with families and friends or book yourself a day at the spa once your work day ends.

Praise and recognize others. Email someone you work with a short but meaningful note of thanks. Just like donors, fundraisers appreciate being thanked.

Get out of the office. Give your team a reason to get out of the office to do something that makes them feel good such as a team lunch.

Bring comfort food. Never underestimate the power of free food, especially when it’s cold outside.

Offer time off to volunteer day.  Consider organizing an afternoon for your team to volunteer at a different charity such as a food bank. It promotes team work and good will and is a wonderful way to do your part to strengthen the community you work in.

During this season of giving, don’t forget to give yourself and your colleagues the motivation needed to keep going.



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