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Even Donor Management Improves with a Break

Even Donor Management Improves with a Break

This Sunday is the first day of summer, bringing with it good memories of relaxed easy days.

Taking a break from work is something that the founders of FundRaiser, Gene and Marcy Weinbeck, wove into the culture of our company. Although hard-work is highly valued here, every month the office is closed one day to honor a holiday. When there isn’t a ‘common’ holiday, we find one. Marcy Weinbeck is the one who established the FundRaiser holiday custom. She says it came about this way:

“When we started having employees, someone asked, ‘are we going to have Labor Day off?’ That had never come up because Gene just worked. So, I thought we needed a policy. I looked at a year and saw what the federal holidays were, because my background was with the federal government, and I charted the year up. 

Then I realized that several months had no holidays, so there were long spaces between three-day weekends. I knew from personal experience that taking time off was important for overall work productivity, and I was in a position to be able to help our employees by having at least one three-day weekend a month. Additionally, it was a way we could show our appreciation for the hard work our staff does. We are a very small business and we couldn't afford to offer perks as some of the larger corporations can, so one day off a month seemed like the least we could do. As it turned out, it was really good for moral.

“For several of the months that didn’t have a federal holiday, it was easy to find a holiday to add so that the month would have a three-day weekend, like the first day of Summer, for June. The one that was the hardest was August. Then I saw on another calendar that Australia celebrates Picnic Day. For several years we borrowed that. Then a few years ago, the Happiness Happens movement came to our attention and we chose that."

Silence is crucial to the overall beauty of music, and time-off is just as important to good work. It refreshes, re-energizes, and allows the spirit to revive. FundRaiser was created to make your work easier. We want you to work smarter and more efficiently, not longer. Everything in FundRaiser has that aim, as does the special emphasis we give to high quality tech support and training. We make FundRaiser as intuitive as possible, but when you have trouble, please contact us for help. And then, in the time you save because you got some help, take a little time off.

Or take a training webinar to get better at using FundRaiser in some way that is important to you. Then, with the time you save in knowing how to use the program better, go do something that fills you up with joy & This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.!

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