by Mandy Pearce

Oh the typo.

I was so excited to get an email out this week for conference attendees of Planet Philanthropy that I missed two glaring typos (one in the subject line)!

Thanks to my friend Josh Hirsch, digital communications and marketing guru, AFPeep and presenter at Planet Philanthropy, I learned about my typos pretty quickly. Check out his profile here. He will be presenting on Making Virtual Reality A Reality For Your NonProfit Organization.

For the whole conference schedule click here.

He sent me a nice FB message saying “Nice email as a promo for Planet Philanthropy. But there was a typo.”

As I see it there are four important things to take away from this situation.

1) Fundraising is all about relationship building and I am getting a chance to build better relations and keep growing for good as a result of my mistakes.

2) Relationship building has a lot to do with transparency and I have the chance to be honest and say I need to improve on my proof reading skills. I apprecite the chance to do so.

3) I should have proofed my eblast better.

4) Remember the Serenity Prayer: Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.

In this particular situation, I had the ability to put forward a positive spin on my mistake and turn it into a learning opportunity for all of you. It’s not always that easy.

I thank Josh for his ability to point this out to me and appreciate anyone who will provide constructive criticism to those working to grow personally and professionally.  I encourage you to do the same when the opportunity arises.

I’m sure some of you may have read emails and missed the typos. I typically read what I know it’s supposed to say and as a result should really employ a full time proof reader to work on my staff.

As a way to encourage this type of professional support in the future, I am taking Josh a gift card to to one of his favorite restaurants as a small token of my appreciation.

To make your day a little more fun, I’m going to provide a matching gift card to the first person who can find the typo in this email and share it with me on Twitter (@FundingForGood1). I put a typo in on purpose. Happy hunting!

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Keep Growing for Good!

Mandy Pearce, Less-than-amazing-proof-reader and Owner
Funding For Good