Major Gifts Fundraising: You Need a Friend
I don't like that term, "self-made millionaire" or "self-made man or woman." There is no such thing. In fact, I've never met anyone whom our society would call successful who became that way on his or her own.
Now, some people may claim they have, but that is because their egos are so overinflated they can't think straight.
All my life, I've been fortunate to have people in my life who have mentored me and were able to speak some hard truths into my life. In fact, if I look back all the way from junior high to where I am today, I can name all the significant people in my life who guided me and helped me get to where I am right now.
I'm so grateful for them.
These are just ordinary people whom I either reached out to or who took an interest in me and were skilled at listening and guiding. Many just came alongside me to provide encouragement or a few words of correction that helped me see differently.
As a major gifts fundraising professional, you need people in your life to help guide you personally and professionally. I'm saddened when I see good fundraisers think they can do it on their own, that they don't need advice or they can't listen to good criticism of their work.
This work you do is too complex, difficult and emotionally draining to not have a support team of people around you to help you be successful.
Richard and I could tell you story after story of when we first start working with a new client and we sit down with major gifts officers (MGOs) and tears start streaming down their eyes because someone finally wants to support and help them.
If you like baseball, tennis, golf, Gregorian chant, jazz, rock, good wine and deep conversation, then you’ll like to hang out with Jeff.
If you are passionate about fundraising, Jeff will inspire you to be a true “broker of love” for your donors, helping you bring together a donor’s desire to change the world and the world’s greatest needs. Jeff believes that if nonprofits truly want to grow and obtain more net revenue for their mission, it will come through creating, building and successfully managing major-gift programs. The Connections blog will give you inspiration and practical advice to help you succeed. Jeff has more than 25 years of nonprofit fundraising experience and is senior partner of the Veritus Group.