Serving as Hope Channel’s director of fundraising is a unique fulfillment of years of preparation. Looking back, I am amazed at how God placed me exactly where I had to be to gather skills needed for where I am now.
I studied broadcasting in college, but sadly never had an opportunity to use those skills and knowledge. Fundraising is a field I fell into—and not one I chose. In hindsight, that was God’s plan! It began with a paid internship offer (Can a young man fresh out of college say no to anything with a paycheck?). The internship awoke in me an unexpected interest in philanthropy which led to 17 years of working with various nonprofit organizations. Today, I can’t see myself in any other career. I’m humbled that God, in His infinite wisdom, has used Hope Channel to reconnect me with my love for broadcasting and a college degree I never got to use.
I love the interpersonal aspect of fundraising! I take donor relations very seriously—I make sure there is open communication with donors, and I look for ways to help connect their passion for media ministry with the goals of Hope Channel. Understanding each donor’s motives and dreams is very important to me, and I work hard to support them in their decision to make a difference. Fundraising is more about accomplishing goals and providing opportunities to give back than it is about simply asking for money. And I love giving the donors with whom I work a sense of purpose.
Hope Channel is uniquely placed to reach people around the world where many traditional ministries are often ineffective. The work that I do in the Silver Spring, Maryland office has impact across the globe—such as working with a donor to fund a new Hope Channel studio in Southeast Asia.
When I hear a story of how a viewer’s life was changed by watching Hope Channel, I am blessed because I see that as a result of the faithfulness of our donors. I am glad to be a part of a team that works together to change the lives of many with the love of Jesus.