A Great Fundraiser is always Fundraising! Rabbi Grossman of Migdal Haemek tells a very funny story. One day he was flying from Israel to the USA. As a frequent flyer, he was offered a free upgrade to first class. Normally he would decline the upgrade so as not to have anyone think that this is how his charity spends the charitable funds. However, since he wasn’t feeling well and it was at zero cost to the nonprofit he decided to make an exception to the rule.
He enters first class where there are only 6 seats in a large area.
He enters first class where there are only 6 seats in a large area. Makes himself comfortable and notices a very nice couple sitting next to him. They start schmoozing and as Rabbi Grossman is a seasoned fundraiser quickly offers to show the couple his organization’s fundraising video. Nowhere to go and plenty of time they say sure why not!
Rabbi Grossman sets up his DVD Player and gives one earphone to the husband and one to the wife
Rabbi Grossman sets up his DVD Player and gives one earphone to the husband and one to the wife. After the video is completed Rabbi Grossman leans over to collect his player and by accident presses the button that automatically converts the chair into a bed. Rabbi Grossman freaks out and tries pushing all the different buttons and even makes the situation worse. Being a very warm person and feeling terrible he helps him up and gives him a kiss on his forehead as a matter of instinct.
The Rabbi recounts that after the issue with the apologies of the bed/chair was all sorted out the first-class passenger related to him the following story
The Rabbi recounts that after the issue with the apologies of the bed/chair was all sorted out the first-class passenger related to him the following story. He explained that he is a popular Evangelical preacher on a national television station. He is very friendly with the Israeli Prime Minister and many other Knesset members. The reason for this trip to Israel was to find a worthwhile nonprofit that helps underprivileged children. They have a large sum of money to donate however something just didn’t click with the organizations that he recently visited.
He told his wife that he made a deal with G-D to help him decide which organization to choose
He told his wife that he made a deal with G-D to help him decide which organization to choose. Just last night I told my wife that the first children’s organization that will kiss his forehead will know that it’s the one that G-D wants him to give the money to. Rabbi Grossman will never forget the dumbfounded look of this couple while relating their story. Now here you come and present exactly the program that we were looking for and kissed my forehead! It was with these funds he was able to complete one of his orphanages for girls.
A Fundraiser’s job is continuously selling
A Fundraiser’s job is continuously selling. He lives and breaths his mission. he doesn’t wait until opportunities present themselves but he creates opportunities wherever he is present.
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