A successful “we” is found at the crossroads of listening, being transparent, and emboldening one another to reach our full potential.

The team at the Scituate Education Foundation recently opted to plan a non-traditional fundraising event called, “Seaside Stories”. As an avid follower of “The Moth Radio Hour”, I love to hear a good story, but I was concerned about the potential for this to work as a fundraiser. I listened closely as each team member walked through the key elements for success: hire professionals to train our local storytellers, develop a strong marketing campaign with very clear messaging, and set a ticket price that would encourage a wide range of attendees. While I was not an expert in theater performances, I was convinced by my team that this aligned well with our mission and would be successful.

Being fully transparent in the planning process for Seaside Stories allowed each member of the committee to weigh their skill sets against their availability in the months leading up to the event. As volunteers, each team member was eager to gift their time and talents to benefit the organization knowing they were a valuable part of the production. We were equally transparent as a group about how we would define success: number of tickets sold, performer satisfaction, and audience feedback.

Seaside Stories was ultimately an opportunity to find untapped potential and embolden a new generation of leaders for SEF. When I asked various people to step up and help, not only did I see a collaboration of skills across committees, but also an awakening of people who had previously been behind the scenes with the organization.