A fundraising program or project must be pursued with inspiration by the fundraiser. It is important to note that as significant as it is, inspiration alone provides only passion and spirit to a program. But without unyielding action, it is lifeless.
Goethe wrote: “Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to drop back. The moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves, too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred.” Your commitment to the institution must be unshakable. That doesn’t mean without quest
The courage to dare, to step out—that’s what wins the contest and gets the gift. The great fundraisers are infused with boldness and courage. An awesome audacity. There must be the willingness to brave the unexplored—and to attempt the unthinkable. The challenge!
None of the great fundraisers I interviewed indicate that presence is important. Then, when we discussed the question in some depth, most spent a good bit of time talking about how important an element presence actually is! For the type of fundraising I’ve been writing about, being “attractive” to the donor is important.
It forces us to believe in the promise of the future. But it pays great tribute for what we achieve today. It chastens mistakes, but it is forgiving. It pays great dividends to those who strive the most, run the race, and give the best they have in them. And every day is a new […]
They have a lust and a will for winning. Their attitude is that if you want to be in second place, nobody is going to fight you for it! You attempt nothing great unless there are difficulties to overcome. You persevere and achieve from your desire to win and from the pride you have in […]
You have a great appreciation for all of the remarkable electronic equipment and software that is available. You understand, however, that the computer does not take the place of calling on someone personally for a gift—not anymore than a pencil substitutes for literacy.