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I DO Like Valentine’s Day After All

My husband of 32 years and I don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day. We rejected it in our early 20’s, when we were determined not to be pushed around by anyone, especially Hallmark.

I’ve softened toward the holiday since then. Why begrudge any opportunity for people to express their love and gratitude?

This year, I’m embracing Valentine’s Day in a new way.

I’m giving small gifts to a few people who make my life better through their kindness and who have no idea how much I appreciate them. This includes the receptionist at my doctor’s office, my hairdresser (yes, many women are very close to their hairdressers!), a neighbor who lets our dog out on a moment’s notice, a young person who has been exceptionally kind to my son, and a couple of others. You get the drift.

These are people who smile at me in the midst of a busy day, who step in to help when I or someone in my family needs it, who make me laugh on occasion, or cause me to be teary eyed with gratitude.

I wonder who, in your fundraising sphere, could use a small token of love and gratitude?

Of course you’ll express your thanks to major donors and your star volunteers today and every day. But are there people who, just by being there, just by being kind, make your fundraising experience better? Who enrich your organization in special ways?

It might be too late to get them flowers today, or even a card. But perhaps you can pop down the hall or pick up the phone and just say: “Happy Valentine’s Day. I want you to know how much I appreciate you.”


  1. Mike Allison says:

    Ann, I LOVE this message. The work you and Leslie do makes ME happy! Thank you and Happy Valentine’s Day!

  2. Carl Peterson says:

    We got a very nice thank you for being volunteers from the Loveland High Plains Art Council, and it was stamped at the Loveland Valentines mailing program. If I was still with a non-profit, I think I would take the idea to the bank.

    Great stuff Ann

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