I find it difficult to focus on the positive things people do. Jeff and my wife both tell me regularly that I am too problem-oriented. So I have committed myself to seek and find the best in others, to TELL them I have noticed it, and to do this on a daily basis. This journey has also had me processing two things…
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When money is valued over relationships, it is a dark and depressing time for us. We know that some very good MGOs and some very good donors will be forced to live in superficiality and shallowness. That is not good for anyone. And it certainly is not good for the economic well-being of the non-profit.
Major Gift Officers are coming up against an avalanche of non-profit leaders who are putting extreme pressure on their staff to seek out transactional gifts and forego building relationships with donors. I know you feel the pressure, but do not allow non-profit leaders who don’t understand what major gifts is all about to change how you are doing your good work.
CEOs and Executive Directors lament all the time. They tell us, “I bring in someone good, and right as they start really producing, they go somewhere else… it’s exasperating!” Is that the type of career you want to build? I don’t think so. A major gift officer’s greatest impact happens when he or she helps a donor find joy through a transformative gift, which creates a substantial impact on the organization.