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Tuesday, 11 August 2020 11:00

Thank You For Doing Your Part

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Five months. It is hard to believe that five months have gone by since COVID-19 arrived and turned our world upside down.

The virus has spread and impacted millions of our fellow Americans. We send thoughts and prayers for healing to the families and friends of impacted by COVID-19.

Organizations have been disrupted, yet called on to dramatically expand services to meet the needs of the most vulnerable in our communities. It is amazing to see so many organizations, without hesitation, step up to insure continuation of life-changing services. All done at a distance and with significantly fewer resources.

Thank You for doing your part, for carrying on, in spite of the many challenges and uncertainties you’ve faced.

J. Milito & Associates also swiftly and deliberately adjusted to this new way of life. At the end of April, we chose to get back to doing what we do best – picking up the telephone and raising funds for life-changing missions and ministries. We set up a remote call center, taking great care to assure that our fundraisers were working in safe environments and customers campaigns were treated with the same high-quality standards and care as the last twenty-three years.

Since returning to the telephone, we’ve been heartened and inspired by the conversations with donors, raising more than $300,000 for schools, human service and community organizations. With an average gift of $132, we are proud to have helped reduce a bit of financial stress for the greater good.

We are truly blessed and honored to be a fundraising partner during these uncertain times. Thank You for the trust you place in us.

As we approach what is the busiest time of the year for non-profit fundraisers, the stakes are even higher. So, it’s time to do the hard work. Hard work, so we can come out of 2020 and the other end of this pandemic better than before.

Yes, times are uncertain and there is concern that donors are dealing with their own issues and may not be receptive to our requests. Your organization fills an essential community need, so now’s not the time to be timid and stop asking for support.

Remember, if you believe your mission was important and essential before the pandemic, you must believe it is even more important now.

We challenge you to proudly put your mission front and center, tell the stories about those you serve, speak loudly about how donor generosity makes all the difference, and strive to inspire your supporter’s generosity.

J. Milito & Associates is here for you. Here to walk through this storm with you. We are here to listen, to coach, and to guide. And we are here to help your fundraising success so you can continue your life-changing work.

Please reach out to us if you have questions, need resources, or just need to talk.

And because we care and appreciate all you do; here’s a gift. Please reach out to us by August 31 to schedule your complimentary fundraising assessment.

Together, we will get through this.

And remember, “The Work You Do is Important. You Are Changing Lives.”

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Janice Fonger

Janice Fonger, is SVP and general manager with J. Milito & Associates a direct response fundraising company. Janice has spent more than thirty years in the nonprofit sector. She has been on the front line, in the development office, in the board room and in the executive director’s chair. She knows organizational operations, board and committee oversight, marketing, finance, program delivery and fundraising in small nonprofits. She rose to the many challenges including creating new annual fundraising strategies, building an endowment during a recession, securing and maintaining needed public and private grant funding, as well as caring for and nurturing donor relationships. She has served on numerous nonprofit boards and is past president of the Association of Fundraising Professionals West Michigan Chapter.