I got ahold of a great book recently that I want to share with you. It’s “The Fundraising Habits of Supremely Successful Boards” by Jerold Panas.
It’s a quick and easy read, and chock-full of wise nuggets. Here’s some of what I found inside:
- Without a consequential mission, you’re like a blindfolded kid swinging at a pinata. Your fundraising is hit or miss. Mostly miss.
- Your donors have the power to change a life – save a life. It is through you that they can experience the majesty of giving.
- If a board is willing to accept mediocrity in its staff and programs, it almost always gets mediocre staff and programs.
- Don’t be seduced into complacency by a successful operation.
- There’s plenty of room at the bottom for the organization willing to limp along and live on past laurels.
- Trustees with passion make the difference between an organization that is flying or merely flapping its wings.
- No plan, no future.
- Most institutions don’t lack a culture of philanthropy. They lack a culture of asking.
I could go on about any of those individual nuggets, but instead, I think I’ll just encourage you to get your own copy of the book!