Why We Love the Association of Donor Relations Professionals (ADRP)
Yes, we love ADRP. There are many reasons why we love what we do at Mythos but one of the top reasons is that we serve a profession that’s focused on cultivating change in the world—whether that’s via a scholarship that educates someone that might not have had that opportunity or via medical research that helps prevent future pain and suffering in the world.
And another top reason is that the Association of Donor Relations Professionals brings like-minded donor relations and stewardship professionals together to further that cause. It’s an amazing organization that facilitates the growth of donor relations and stewardship in a way that we think is unique. We love the level of sharing of best practices, ideas, and strategies for cultivating and promoting donor engagement and giving. There really is no group that we’ve encountered that is as cooperative, non-competitive, and open as those that are a part of ADRP. We’ve found that members and the association are looking for real creativity.
At Mythos, we love stories, storytelling, and the power of language to cultivate, persuade, and establish belief. We’ve found that the primary membership of ADRP—those on donor relations and stewardship teams—are in more of a “marketing” business than any other aspect of Advancement. Stewardship is the marketing storytellers of Advancement. We think that is an undervalued aspect of donor relations and stewardship. And we love helping to promote that within the broader Advancement context because we truly believe in the power of story to change the world.
Like ADRP, Mythos had humble beginnings. And like ADRP, we’ve grown over the years through our passion, dedication, and focus. We’ve been attending the ADRP annual conference since 2016 and every year we’re not only impressed but also inspired by the presentations, the organization, and most notably, the attendees. The energy that everyone shares for this profession is contagious.
In September, in Albuquerque at the annual conference, we were very happy to be back in person and talk to all of you face-to-face after two years of meeting virtually. We never lost our passion, dedication, or focus—we actually grew more during COVID than ever!—but there was something about coming together again that inspired us even more.
We wouldn’t be where we are today without our customers, of course, but we wouldn’t have as many of those relationships without ADRP. We are grateful for all of you and what you do everyday, and for ADRP for creating a forum that brings us all together in this common cause. We look forward to seeing you again next year.