Relationships, “the way in which two or more concepts, objects, or people are connected, or the state of being connected”. At The Friendship Club we have the unique opportunity to form many different relationships. We have relationships with our girls, our staff, our volunteers, our board members, our donors and our community. That’s a pretty big circle of friendships.
My name is Tiffany Scudero and I have had the pleasure of working at The Friendship since June 2016. For about the first year of me working here I was a Youth Development Assistant and got to work one on one with our girls. That work was such a joy and a wonderful opportunity. My favorite part about the relationships I had the opportunity to build, was the feeling of making a difference (even if it was just listening). However, this past summer I switched gears and am now the Development Associate.
As the Development Associate my circle is different and I’m learning so many new things. Instead of working with girls, I have the chance to build relationships with donors, volunteers and our community. It’s a fascinating new world. I have been blessed with the opportunity to go to the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy next week to learn about Principles and Techniques of Fundraising!
I am so eager to learn about fund development, because without it there would be no Friendship Club. However, it isn’t just fundraising that I’m excited to learn about; it’s also the relationships that you build before you ask someone to support the organization financially. Anyone can ask someone for money, but I want people to feel connected to our cause and feel like they to are making a difference in the lives of the young ladies we serve. I want to learn the ins and outs of what makes a good development officer. I want to learn how to build relationships that are lasting and mutual. I am so enthusiastic about this next chapter with The Friendship Club!
I am grateful to be apart of such a wonderful team and look forward to my future here.