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No Matter Where We Go…

Friday, March 22, 2019  
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No Matter Where We Go…

 

I recently took my parents on a wonderful trip to St. Andrews, Scotland, where we enjoyed the beautiful Highlands, historic churches and royal palaces.  One day we hired a tour guide to drive us around central Scotland for the day and show us the sights.  He asked what I did for a living and I said, “I work with nonprofits.”

 

“Huh…” the Scot in the kilt said. “You know how to raise money for nonprofits?”

 

I know that look. I am very familiar with that look. The one where their face ease into a smile, they look at you like a beagle puppy because… here’s the catch… they are going to ask you for advice.

 

“So my wife is working with a charity and they need to build a music theatre. What do you think…”

 

The same conversation took place with my husband’s cousin during a wedding in NYC regarding his son’s school, my college best friend in Waco trying to raise funds for a new tennis court, heck, I was in a hotel in Cambodia when a family friend approached me and said, “I hear you can give advice on how to get lots of money.” Well not really…

 

We have all encountered this as nonprofit professionals. I once heard that no one gets asked for free advice more than doctors and fundraisers! Both pretty much are asked to make something feel and be better! We have an understanding, skill set and knowledge that is focused and relatable. As the countless experts, scientists, counselors, and other nonprofit professionals will tell you, the nonprofit sector is fueled by highly intelligent, hard-working people with tons of experience. Furthermore, their nonprofit work often gives them firsthand experience with problems that others can only imagine. And since resources are often so tight in the social sector, employees wear many hats and develop a diverse range of skills.  Therefore – when someone hears that they have access to tap our brains for any guidance – they dive right in!

 

In addition to our brain – they hope to tap into our hearts. Nonprofits take on some of the toughest problems on earth. They work to eradicate catastrophic disasters and social problems that have prevailed for decades or even centuries. And there are a lot of people who believe nonprofit professionals think good always wins in the end.  There is some truth in that.  Many people in the social sector do so because they are guided by ideals of equality, compassion, and justice, and they often make practical sacrifices in income and time for these ideals.  Our family, friends, colleagues in the for-profit sector and even strangers see that.  They believe not only will we want to help our own organization or clientele, but any nonprofit who is simply doing good.

 

What I love about our industry and the people in it is unlike other professions, I have yet to find a nonprofit professional who would say, “Sorry, I can’t help you.” I have seen and heard lawyers, doctors, even a veterinarian say, “That isn’t my expertise,” or “I can’t legally give you any advice,” or “You can make an appointment at my office,” aka “I’m not giving this to you for free!”  So many of my peers in the nonprofit sector are willing to share their insight, intelligence and know-how because, let’s face it, the opportunity to change your community or the world is right around the corner and we all would like to play small part in that.

 

Share your wisdom, give your advice because once they know what we do – we can’t keep it a secret anymore.

 

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About The Author

 

Loubel Cruz Galik is a Senior Consultant at Sterling Associates and uses her versatile and extensive experience to help clients grow and improve their organizations' development needs through capital campaigns, major donor cultivation, special events and strategic planning.

 

After starting her career as an education writer at the Houston Chronicle, Loubel spent 12 years at Pink Ribbons Project, in motion against breast cancer, serving as a Grants Writer, Education Manager, Associate Director and ultimately as Executive Director for three years. During her time there, Loubel was instrumental in helping triple its annual budget, which allowed Pink Ribbons Project to expand its vision to use the arts to promote breast health and to build outreach initiatives and awareness programs. During her tenure, Pink Ribbons Project was recognized for its community giving, receiving the National Philanthropy Day Outstanding Service Organization Award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

 

Loubel holds a B.A. in American Studies and Journalism from the University of Notre Dame and a master's degree in Communications from the University of Houston. She serves as Volunteer Executive Director of Suites of Hope a local nonprofit that provides affordable housing for breast cancer patients who travel to Houston for treatment in a clinical trial and is also on the Board of Directors the Association of Fundraising Professionals Houston.  Loubel was honored as one of the Five Outstanding Young Houstonians by the Houston Junior Chamber of Commerce.

 

She and her husband, Al, live in Rice Military and she hopes to get a dog or two very soon.  She is the godmother to five of the most brilliant children on the planet and enjoys travels and adventures around the world, pretending to run around Memorial Park, cheering on her Astros and soaking in the arts, diversity, food and people of her beloved Houston.


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