As you may have heard, I have written a book titled Choose Abundance: Powerful Fundraising for Nonprofits—A Culture of Philanthropy. This book took approximately two years for me to write. Furthermore, it took decades of my life to accumulate countless lessons from a wide range of teachers in the field. These teachers include a number of consultants, bosses, and countless clients and students in the nonprofit sector who I’ve been privileged to work with.
In this interview conducted by Rima Dael, the general manager of WSHU in Fairfield, CT, I share the story of how I got here. In addition, I explain how I learned the value of mindset in organizational fundraising success. Mindset is a critical part of the culture of every organization—including yours. Above all, mindset is so important, it’s almost as if it IS the culture.
The challenges we face
Almost a decade ago, CompassPoint and the Haas Jr. Fund published a white paper entitled Underdeveloped: A National Study of Challenges Facing Nonprofit Fundraising. This study told us that development professionals stay in their jobs for an average of only eighteen months. Donor retention rates are abysmal. Board members are disengaged from development. In short, all these factors ultimately lead to poor fundraising success and a cycle of underfunded missions.
These challenges remain with us today. At the end of the Underdeveloped report, the glimmer of hope was that if we truly wanted to change this trajectory, we needed to build a Culture of Philanthropy. This resonated for me then, and it still resonates for me today.
Choose Abundance is a tool to help you look at and change mindset
There are countless actions we can take and brilliant structures we can build. However, if we do it with a lackluster mindset, we won’t have success. I have yet to see any resources that address all three elements of a Culture of Philanthropy—the Behaviors, the Structures and the Hearts & Minds. These intentionally impact this culture change. Therefore, if you want to build a Culture of Philanthropy (the holy grail of fundraising success), it’s essential that you look at mindset. Choose Abundance is a resource for you and your organization. It is a tool to build the illusive Culture of Philanthropy in your organization for funding abundance.
Join me for the beginning of this interview. I share my first breakthrough regarding Hearts & Minds, where I see my blind spot and start to build the culture of my dreams.