Too often people underestimate the value of saying “thank you”. Whether your extending a thank you for a gift or simply to a person helping you wish a task,it is a polite gesture to say thank you. And yet, there are many individuals who either simply get lost in the moment, therefore forgetting to say thank you or people who just don’t think it’s necessary. For whatever reason this may happen, it does IMPACT the individual who felt as if he/she should of received that “thank you”. It also can leave a perception that the person who failed to do the “thanking” was ungrateful, rude, didn’t care, and/or took advantage of said individual. Even if those reasons are not the case. For these reasons, among others, we see some of the best friendships, relationships, and even relationships with family members divide/break up. I’ve read stories online, in the paper, and even talked to friends that have been in situations where there was no “thank you” exchanged and it resulted in someone being cut off, never receiving a gift or help again, and/or being perceived as selfish.
It’s amazing that two simple words can have such an impact within our lives. What is it about saying the words “thank you” that seems to have such a profound on our lives? Is it because saying “thank you” is a form of recognition, is it an ego boost, a feeling of pride or validation, or because it’s tradition? What motivates us to want to thank those who help us, and what motivates those that help us to WANT to be thanked?
As usual, this post extends to fundraisers.
One of the most interesting aspects to fundraising are the people that actively participate in the fundraiser. These are the PTO/PTA/Booster Club Members, parents, family, faculty, students. All of these people come together with the “aim” to fundraise even if it means crazy hours, stress, and hard pitch selling. At the end, once the goal is met(raising x amount of dollars) these people are recognized for their efforts. And often it’s with that “simple” thank-you. The significance behind those words in that aspect, is “effort” and “recognition”. NOT thanking these people is the equivalent of saying “you didn’t do anything to help” or “we did it without you”.
This brings me to an important point. How do you thank the people involved in your fundraiser once everything is said and done? Is it with a card, a party, a pat on the back? One of the great things about our company is that we understand the value of thanking participants. We understand the significance in how you say “thank you”. And we thank our clients in a personal way, with stationery. We’ll send a handwritten note on personal stationery because we believe that “handwriting” the thank you note is very intimate and personal and really demonstrates how much we value those team members. How many of you do the same? And if you don’t thank your fundraiser’s participants with hand-written notes how do you thank them? How often do you thank them?
Any input is great.