When You Can't Give It Away
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I received a call recently from Alan, who is an attorney with the CAP® certification. Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy® is a credential earned by attorneys, accountants, brokers, wealth advisors and planned giving officers.
More and more philanthropists are looking to these professionals to guide them in realizing their philanthropic goals—goals that are tied to their foundational values and beliefs.
Alan related to me the frustration is he is experiencing in working with some of his clients/philanthropists. These are people who want to give money away.
It's not the philanthropists who are driving him to distraction, however. It's some of the nonprofits that he's attempting to work with.
Alan really enjoys his job. He gets to work with some of the most generous, community-minded individuals out there. Listening to him made me a little wistful of my days as a principal gifts officer.
What other opportunity does an average Joe or Jill have to work closely with eminently successful folks who want to make a positive difference in the world?
The obstacle he's encountering is getting the attention of nonprofit leaders to whom he reaches out as potential recipients of his clients' largess.
I listened in almost disbelief as he recounted instance after instance of making contact with charitable organizations whose staff either seemed uninterested or didn't even bother to return his calls.
Larry believes in the power of relationships and the power of philanthropy to create a better place and transform lives.
Larry is the founder of The Eight Principles. His mission is to give nonprofits and philanthropists alike the opportunity to achieve their shared visions. With more than 25 years of experience in charitable fundraising and philanthropy, Larry knows that financial sustainability and scalability is possible for any nonprofit organization or charitable cause and is dependent on neither size nor resources but instead with the commitment to create a shared vision.
Larry is the author of the award-wining book, "The Eight Principles of Sustainable Fundraising." He is the Association of Fundraising Professionals' 2010 Outstanding Development Executive and has ranked in the Top 15 Fundraising Consultants in the United States by the Wall Street Business Network.
Larry is the creator of the revolutionary online fundraising training platform, The Oracle League.
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