Be empowered. Be a “Samantha.”
by Karen Perry-Weinstat
When it comes to fundraising, who wouldn’t like to have a few secret powers? The power of absolute persuasion, the power of duplicating money, to name a few.
Some of you may have grown up watching the TV show, Bewitched, or its reruns. Others may be familiar with the 2005 movie of the same name. Bewitched arrived on TV sets back in 1964 and ran for eight seasons. It starred Elizabeth Montgomery as Samantha Stephens, a witch who falls in love with and marries a mere mortal, named Darrin. Samantha’s “power” poses a problem for Darrin and seems to cause him emotional discomfort. He makes Samantha vow not to use her powers. But, of course, she can’t quite help herself.
It’s no surprise that the strength of Samantha Stephens struck a chord with many people, especially women. Samantha always accomplished her goals, no matter how ridiculous her methods may have been. Bewitched enjoyed high ratings and sitcom longevity with its zany, yet resonating message.
How does this possibly connect to our mission as fundraisers?
Recognize and tap into what makes you unique. Samantha played down her natural abilities to appease her husband, but always managed to assert her power and individuality in the end. As a fundraiser, don’t lose touch with what makes your mission unique.
We all have “secret powers” – things that come easier to us than others. Uncover these talents in yourself and your team members, and then figure out how to monetize them.
Be bold like Samantha! Engage donors with novel approaches deploying the best team asset for the particular challenge of each ask.
Make it look effortless – like Samantha’s cute little twitch of the nose. When you employ your special talents with the challenge at hand, getting to the “yes” can be magical!
Be proud of what you bring to the development team at your organization. No one does or sees exactly what you do or works it quite like you. Own it! See the special talent in each teammate, as well, and let them put it to work. Achieving “power”ful fundraising results may be just a nose twitch away!