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Trauma-Informed Fundraising - Understanding your role and the donors at AFPICON23.


Lisa Temoshok and I want to thank the amazing roomful of people who attended our AFPICON session yesterday on "Trauma Informed Fundraising." It was a marvelous experience to share our work with a group of wholehearted fundraisers working to take as good care of themselves as their organizations take of their supported persons and programs. We hope to continue these critical conversations at other locations and maybe "Trauma-Informed Fundraising" part two at AFPICON24 in Toronto. Again thank you to everyone who attended the session.  If you have access to the AFPICON23 website, you can download the handout and listen to the session.  Please check Lisa's site for some special practices that were mentioned during the session. 

Trauma-Informed Fundraising - Understanding your role and the donors.


I am delighted to announce the time and date of our presentation at AFPICON. Our "Trauma-informed Fundraising - the Fundraiser and the Donor"  program will be on Monday, April 17, at 10:15 in the Relationship Building, Room 202.

Lisa Temoshok, LMHC, and I are preparing an interactive journey to examine the situations we face at fundraisers and how those situations can affect our lives. Then there are the donors. How much do we understand about them beyond the data? Do we really understand their needs and desires, and how do our needs and desires intersect?

I hope we see many of you at the AFPICON in New Orleans.


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Trauma-Informed Fundraising - Understanding your role and the donors.


I am delighted to announce that, along with Lisa Temoshok LMHC, I will be presenting a session at AFP ICON 2023 in New Orleans. Lisa specializes in strength-based, holistic counseling for adults, including EMDR. Somatic Psychotherapy, Internal Family Services, Mindfullness-based CBT, and other trauma-informed therapies. Our session is entitled "Trauma-Informed Fundraising - Understanding your role and the donors." 

A little background: the word trauma is Greek (τραύμα) and in Greek means "wound." Trauma is a response, either emotional and/or physical, that happens when there is an external threat and your internal and external resources are inadequate to cope with the threat

Natural disasters or physical assaults can activate an acute traumatic event. Chronic traumatic situations like domestic abuse, housing, or food insecurity can also cause trauma. These are the most dramatic causes of trauma, but there are seemingly "everyday" situations that can cause trauma. One may experience trauma at any point in their life. As fundraisers, we know this well. 

Our session will look at some of the situations we find ourselves in as fundraisers and what effect they may be having on our lives and examine ways to understand, talk about and hopefully deal with trauma.

AFP will announce the date and time of our session in late February. I will let you know as soon as it is. I look forward to seeing you there.

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