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!



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