Most of us are probably familiar with the classic holiday Andy Williams song. But the tune was actually co-written by George Wyle and Edward Pola. Behind the scenes, the two crafted possibly one of the most well-known holiday songs, ever. A lot of great things happen behind the scenes, and the movers and shakers often get less credit than they deserve.
As a nonprofiteer, I think about this a lot during the holidays. I think about all the terrific things happening throughout the year, and I certainly think about the equally terrific people who make those things happen. In my world of fundraising — especially as it relates to corporate and foundation partners — those people are not always the top figures. They might be coordinators, executive assistants or other complementary collaborators.
Each year, at some point between Thanksgiving and December 31, I always make it a point to set aside a good chunk of time to not only reflect on the past year’s experiences, I make sure to thank each and every one of those complementary collaborators. I pick up the phone, I write notes, I send e-mails. Some I’m closer with, and some I’ve never met, but in no small way they have all made my life easier and better, and they deserve exceptional appreciation.
So as we inch closer to December 31, won’t all y’all join me in sharing thanks with these superheroes? Because really, it IS the most wonderful time of the year.