Thank You! You Voted Clairification 2013 Top FundraisingSuccess Blog

FundraisingSuccess just named the winners of the 2013 Fundraising Professionals of the Year Awards.  And I was voted “Top Fundraising Blog!”

I can’t tell you how grateful I am, and how deeply honored.

You can click here  to see who else made the 2013 Fundraising Success Awards list.

I do feel a little bit like I’ve won the Miss Congeniality Award at the Miss America Pageant. You see, I’m only 5’1 ¾” (we count every inch of our blessings).

I knew I could never be Miss America (and that’s, of course, the only reason).  Growing up, however, I dreamed of how cool it would be to receive the award that all the contestants voted on. That seemed even more special than the award bestowed by the judges.  Because it meant…

“You like me, you really like me.”

Right back at you!

You’re the reason I get up in the morning.  Truly. You can ask anyone who’s ever worked with me. They’ll tell you the truth, so I will too.  I never met a book I didn’t highlight, an article I didn’t annotate, or a blog post I didn’t forward and comment on. If I don’t get to share it, it feels like a waste.

As much as I love learning, I’m over the moon when it comes to sharing what I’ve learned. Because I really want you to know everything I know.  After all, I’m just one person.  If we’re going to change the world, we need all hands on deck.

So, when Fundraising Success notified me you’d voted for me as the “Top Fundraising Blog” I felt all warm and fuzzy inside. Because together we’re going to fully occupy philanthropy – this year, and beyond!

Like the awardees at the Oscars say, I share this award with you. I wouldn’t be here without you. Thank you for reading and sharing my blog.  Thanks for your comments and questions. And please keep ‘em coming.  It’s what keeps me going.

And one other thing. I must close with a quote from the inimitable Jerold Panas – whose wisdom I’ve followed for years — who received the Lifetime Achievement Award. Well deserved.

“Philanthropy is the rent we pay for the joy and privilege we have for our space on this earth.”

Have you paid your rent this month?

P.S.  I’m honored to share the 2013 Fundraising Professionals of the Year Awards with all the other recipients.  I’d like to add a special shout-out to my fellow bloggers, whose crowd blog is winner of the “editor’s choice” for top fundraising blog – 101 Fundraising.   Congrats!  And another very special shout-out to everyone who nominated me — you are the BEST.

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  1. Congratulations!
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  2. ROBERT Coats says:

    HUGE congratulations for being voted “Top Fundraising Blog!” Way To Go Claire! Keep up the excellent work and “Thank You” for all the excellent information you share with the nonprofit community.
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  3. Congratulations, Claire! As a devoted reader of your blog – and someone who has learned so much from you – I know first-hand of all the reasons why you deserve this recognition SO much. We are so fortunate that you love sharing what you know!

  4. David Goodman says:

    Claire: You deserve this recognition. I can’t tell you how much I have enjoyed and benefited from your blog. It’s kind of you to recognize us but, truly, you are the BEST!

  5. Claire, I knew the day I stumbled across your generosity, your wisdom, your compassion and your love for humankind I had discovered the very best. How wonderful that the world agrees. Félicitations pour votre succès bien mérité!!

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