“You did it again, Doug! Gave us the chills and the feels.”
That was the response from my client at the Short Years Partnership when I sent her the first draft of this video last week. She is a client I have worked with for several years in Colorado. Two years ago she took a position at a nonprofit in Iowa. “Give me two years,” she said.
In June, exactly two years later, I got an email from her asking if I would be willing to travel to Iowa. “I’d love to,” I told her.
Short Years Partnership is a nonprofit in Des Moines, Iowa. Their program, Parents as Teachers, helps parents navigate the different stages of early childhood. Their executive director is Sheena Sullivan. I first worked with Sheena when she was the executive director of the Meals on Wheels chapter in east Boulder County, Colorado.
Sheena had recently come into that position from Chicago, where she recognized and utilized the power of video storytelling with the nonprofits she worked at there. So when their annual fundraising event was coming up on the calendar, she reached out to me to create a video as a centerpiece for the event. The video was a big success and she continued to hire me to create videos over the next few years.
I am very happy to be able to continue my relationship with Sheena. When you’ve worked with a client for several years they have learned to trust you’ll deliver. Being able to do that is part of what being a professional means, but it still makes me happy when I am able to reinforce my client’s trust in my work.