Hi! Today marks my 53rd day at my dream job with Save the Harbor. I am grateful to a few people in my life who I met during my Core Certificate program at theInstitute of Non-profit Practice last fall. Malene Welch (Boston Children's Museum), Nikki Tabron (Thompson Island) and Carole Charnow (Boston Children's Museum) have witnessed my re-birth as a fundraiser and frankly, as a wife, mother and individual.
|Nikki Tabron, Patricia, and Malene Welch|
I guess my life's lesson is that you never know who you will meet or how things will come together, but surrounding yourself with good people is key. This is what I have realized through my journey starting back in the early nineties (now you know how old I am).
Having working in the for-profit side of business in luxury cosmetics for 14 years before my pivot into fundraising, I have witnessed the intersection of both, resulting in a long-term partnership with my now husband, formerly the recipient of a small grant from Kiehl's Since 1851 when I was in charge of International Business Development and Global Marketing - Asia, Latin America and Australia. Adrian, a cell biologist, taught me how his work, and that of many others is heavily reliant on the philanthropy of others.
Often, when people find out that I like to fundraise, they are amazed. I respond that fundraising is a way for me to best utilize the skills I have been given. Listening and engaging people on their interests and understanding their motivation to support a particular cause is like opening a book. I believe that every person has a story and I want to make Save the Harbor a major part of this story. Through the years I have also learned that if you do not ask, you will not receive, and a "no" is not a final "no" but a "not today".