Donor Welcome Kits: Like a Fresh, Warm Loaf of Homemade Bread

Donor Welcome Kits: Like a Fresh, Warm Loaf of Homemade Bread

A few weeks ago, Russell, my husband, and I visited a new church. As we were leaving the church, a church member gave us with a loaf of homemade bread. Whether you do it virtually or through the postal system (or both), you want your donors to feel welcome. Think: warm, fresh, homemade bread—plain, simple, humble, but sincere and effective—that’s what our new donor welcome kits need to be.

32 Benefits of Gratitude

I don’t know who first wrote about virtuous and vicious cycles, but gratitude, the practice of pausing to think about what we’re grateful for, is a practice that creates a virtuous one.

Study after study shows that there are innumerable benefits from “counting your blessings” or keeping a gratitude journal or simply stopping for a moment and considering what you are thankful for. Many of the rewards of reflecting on the things for which we’re thankful are results that make it easier to be thankful in the future. For example, the practice of gratitude makes us less envious and less self-centered, qualities that, arguably, make it easier for us to experience future gratitude. It is a practice that is self-reinforcing, that creates a virtuous cycle.