Too many non-profit leaders exert lots of pressure on MGOs to “get the money.” If you go for the money you may get some, but you will lose the donor long-term.
Richard and I think it’s a good idea to step back every once in a while and reflect on where you are. In other words, how are you feeling about your current position? How does it fit your skill set? Is what you’re doing today helping you move toward your future goals? Do you feel joy in what you do?
When a major gift officer takes personal time to renew her spirit and mind, the entire department will benefit, as well as donors and the MGO herself. This is not a luxury; this is a necessary part of your job.
The dark side of working for a charity is that while you are taking care of everything and everybody, you are neglecting yourself.