We can’t do all of this (work and life) alone. We need the wisdom, truth and experiences of others.
Being real with yourself, your donors and your colleagues is an attribute of all great major gift fundraisers. Do some self-reflection. Can you be real?
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.
Major gift fundraising is incredibly difficult, and it can be emotionally draining. If you don’t have that fire inside of you to be that bridge I was talking about, you won’t be able to survive the challenges of this profession.
When a non-profit or an MGO makes a mistake and admits that mistake and takes ownership of it, nine times out of ten, donors will understand. In the long run, they will trust you more because you were up front about it.