When you think of strategies for fundraising, I doubt the show “Only Murders in the Building” comes to mind. But it actually has an important lesson for your nonprofit organization.
If you haven’t seen the show, Martin Short and Steve Martin star opposite Selena Gomez.
One of the key elements that makes it so successful is the surprising partnership between the characters. They each come from different backgrounds, but most importantly, different generations.
Of course, there are the typical age-related jokes (the older men can’t text, she doesn’t get their cultural references).
But it’s more than just that.
Their different ages and experiences is what makes their partnership work.
All three of them bring something different to the storylines as they solve the mystery. Without each other, the mystery wouldn’t be solved. Each person is vital.
. . .So what does this have to do with your organization?
It’s a reminder that having a variety of people on your team makes you better. Everybody has different strengths, and by using those differences, your team will be stronger and more effective.
The organization that doesn’t have multigenerational team members is one that is dying.
Each generation has a unique perspective. None of these is more important than the other, and they won’t be as effective by themselves. Build a team that varies in perspectives and your organization will benefit.