Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia

YOU the Millennial Collaborator and Boomer Delegater = a great fundraising team

In Uncategorized on April 3, 2012 at 6:00 pm

Today on Twitter I read the following:

@philanthrolab: Boomers like to delegate, millennials want to collaborate.

This quote came out of a session hosted by @TuckerBranham, at the Association of Fundraising Professionals International Conference. And it is an interesting one.

If YOU are a “millennial”(the generation born between 1980-2000) wanting to help out a charity YOU are interested/passionate about, what makes YOU move from being interested to taking action? And if YOU are a boomer (born between 1946-1964) are YOU looking for opportunities that are only about taking a leadership role? There is a distinction, but one that I think can be transformative.

If YOU are a Millennial or a Boomer, and want to take action for your charity of choice, then I recommend YOU meet with the appropriate person at the organization. They should be open to your ideas; they should offer suggestions; they should give YOU takeaways both of paper materials but also event planning/volunteering/communication comments for YOU to think about.

What the organization should not do, is lump YOU into an age bracket and not go outside of what they think YOU want to do. It was tweeted from the same session being put on by @TuckerBranham: “The most limiting thing on earth are our preconceptions and assumptions.”

As a Boomer, please lead and delegate and teach a Millennial. As a Millennial please collaborate and include Boomer’s; YOU both have skills and new ideas that the other may have never thought of. And together, YOU can make a great fundraising team.





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