Last night was my new fundraiser. Like first time ever doing it- conceptualizing and planning it from the ground up- and after a year of slaving over it, it’s over. And I think it was successful! People seemed to have a blast and we raised more money than I expected to (that is, after I shifted my lofty aspirations). We’ll see when the money is all counted and the participant surveys are completed but all in all I’m happy how it went. I’m exhausted to my bones but happy.
What they don’t tell you about event planning is that the day after the event? There is just as much work.
“You’ve worked so hard! You should take tomorrow off.” Yeah. No. It doesn’t work like that in fundraising. The day after is the day you unpack your filled-to-the-brim car, count the money, send thank you notes, and generally clean up the mess of what used to be your cubicle because in the last two weeks it looks as though a tornado hit it.
So if you’ll excuse me, I have work to do.