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I recently attended an international conference on fundraising, hosted by the Association of Fundraising Professionals. There were a multitude of workshops and presentations one could attend and some exceptionally thoughtful and inspiring presenters, some filling huge halls at the San Diego Convention Center. I spent three days there hunting and gathering (and planting). In part, I am gathering the so-called "tools of the trade," the trade being a sort of sales and marketing with heart. It's a novel use of the cold, unfeeling tricks of marketing, the intended result being that donors agree to give their money for a good cause. At the conference I was as amazed by the degree of ethics that infuses the philanthropic trade (or, as I called it, the philanthropic industry) as I was by the number of fundraising professionals (duh, this is a fundraising professionals convention).
|TWC Bluff Lake Reserve|
Communism—and to an extent, socialism—as a system of governance will always fail, because our extraordinary greatness as human beings requires that we have the opportunity to give of ourselves [and our wealth] freely. Giving, philanthropy, is perhaps the single greatest opportunity in our short lives, the most golden of opportunities for transformation, as much for the donor as for the recipient...maybe more. To be deprived of this opportunity, as with communism, is an injustice. The great argument rages these days (and has for decades, of course), how much socialism can we tolerate in our society? Most enlightened souls agree we are all in this together, and some lesser or greater degree of government-guided social welfare is appropriate. Because we humans are still wrestling with that "deadly" sin, greed, we agree that some degree of wealth redistribution is acceptable. Trickle-down economics is a wonderful, watercourse, idea but evidently a bit before its time.
|TWC Jenner Headlands Preserve|
|Friends on top of Galena Peak|
Whether or not you contribute to The Wildlands Conservancy, I thank you for reading this. Let's find the time to go for a walk. Yes, soon.