Showing Appreciation

Showing appreciation for those who make your work possible comes in all shapes and sizes. But, one thing is certain – appreciation has to be shown! Joel Bratcher, Aggie BSM Director, gives several ways he and his staff show appreciation for their donors, alumni, and leadership team.

Donors
  • I send many hand-written notes to donors.
  • I also make personal contact with some of our donors. This may be a phone call or taking someone to lunch. I try to let them see how their gifts are making a difference.
  • We also do 3-4 newsletters each year to former students and supporters. These include a thank you.
Alumni
  • We usually host a reunion during the fall or in February for former students. These are relaxed events without much programming. I always take time during the reunion to thank our alums and tell them what a vital role they play.
  • I also make personal contact with some of our donors. This may be a phone call or taking someone to lunch. I try to let them see how their gifts are making a difference.
  • We also do 3-4 newsletters each year to former students and supporters. These include a thank you.
  • We also communicate via the Facebook group with updates.
Leadership Team
  • A welcome-back meal for all of our leadership teams each January on the day before classes begin. This is mostly to let them reconnect but also know how much we appreciate them.
  • A big cookout for all of our leadership teams each May just before finals.
  • Provide meals in our homes for individual teams at different times of the year. These gatherings are especially for teams that are highly committed (English teachers, small group leaders, Wednesday lunch team).
  • We have monthly big leadership meetings. I always make a point of thanking our leaders for the sacrifice and hard work they put in.
  • When the schedule allows, we have invited our leadership students to our home for a come and go type Christmas party on the Friday night after finals have started.
  • I think the most important thing is simply telling individual students, “thanks” and “great job” on a regular basis.

If you have any questions about how the Aggie BSM shows their appreciation, contact joel.bratcher@txb.org.


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