SAY HEY TO MARCUS BICKLE
I (seated in picture) was introduced to the group of guys that would go on to form BarnRaisers by Josh Russell, one of our other founding Board Members. Josh knew I was an attorney with some experience working with nonprofit organizations, so he thought I may be able to help the group get started on that front. While I had some experience with nonprofits, I did not have any experience as a board member and especially did not have any experience with being part of a startup nonprofit organization. So the chance to be part of building an organization that could potentially bring about so much good to so many was an exciting opportunity.
Once I became more familiar with the other founding board members and understood their drive and passion for what BarnRaisers could become, I began to understand the impact this organization could have. I have always been more driven by people than by tasks, and with this group, it’s easy to be passionate and excited about our past accomplishments and the things that we still hope and expect to accomplish.
As somebody who works with nonprofit organizations and nonprofit professionals in my professional life, I understand how difficult fundraising can be, especially without paid staff spearheading the efforts. The efforts our board and our partners have made and continue to make to put on successful events that are both fun and raise significant funds for our recipient organizations continues to amaze and inspire me.