When people find out I’m a Development Officer, they often think it’s my job to ask everyone I meet for money. It is so much more than that. Yes—I want to gauge our donor’s level of commitment to Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch, but most of the time it’s all about saying “thank you.” My job is to get to know Ranch donors, thank them, and let them know the impact of their gifts. I like to “paint a picture” of the Ranch by sharing stories about our kids.
I recently spent time with a donor who has supported our ministry for years. She told me she always hoped to tour the Ranch to see how her gifts were being used. I shared stories and photos and helped her philanthropy “come alive.” After a couple hours visiting, she said, with tears in her eyes, “I feel so proud to be able to help children at the Ranch.”
That is why I love my job. I get to meet so many amazing people who have a heart for our ministry. I get to talk about the Ranch and our precious children, but also hear our donor’s stories. They are incredible folks who give from their hearts, and they teach me values and principles I can use in my own life.
Please know how much we appreciate everyone’s prayers and support. We could not do what we do for these kids without them. For that, we are humbled and grateful. Let me know if you would like to set up a personal visit, or would like someone from the Ranch to speak to your church or organization. We love talking about our kids!
God bless you!
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