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.
An unrelenting persistence. It is a key element. George Sand was no fundraiser. But in one of her famous letters, she wrote quite a remarkable definition of success appropriate to our field: “ . . . Simple taste, a certain degree of courage, self-denial to a point, and love of work. And most important, determination [&
You are passionate about your work and your organization. And it shows. In one of his speeches, Will Rogers said: “If you want to be successful, it’s pretty simple. There are only four things to keep in mind. It’s really that easy.