At OKP we strongly believe in the importance of celebrating, so we have decided to declare 2017 “A Year of Celebration”. Acknowledging the key milestones and achievements of your school, charity, not-for-profit or community organisation has many valuable benefits.
Celebrations make an important contribution to any organisational culture. Research shows that celebrating people’s successes, both large and small, help build a team that is united, motivated and loyal. Organisations that focus too heavily on deadline after deadline without taking the time to step back and celebrate success tend to end up with high turnover rates and often have a negative culture.
In the third sector, celebrating milestones and achievements can also be a valuable marketing opportunity and a way to engage your supporters. It provides an avenue to share your story, gain publicity and raise awareness for the work that you do.
When you involve supporters in the celebration of your achievements, it helps them to feel valued and integral to your success. It is a tangible way you can thank them for their contribution and promote the feel-good factor which will see your supporters want to continue their connection with your cause.
Oprah Winfrey says, “the more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.” The same applies to your organisation, the more you celebrate, the more there is to celebrate. Employees, donors, volunteers and members of the community will be drawn to the positivity generated by your celebration and will want to be part of your success.
Throughout our “Year of Celebration”, OKP will be encouraging you to share your big (and not so big) achievements and important milestones with the world. We will also continue to bring you interesting and informative content focused on getting the most out of your fundraising and philanthropy.
Our first initiative will be to create a collection of stories celebrating the achievements and milestones of our industry colleagues. So if your organisation has something to celebrate, please get in touch. We would love to help spread the word about your new project, successful initiative, big donation, volunteer achievement, industry award, special milestone or anniversary. Please phone Kira on 1300 721 799 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to have us feature your story.