Jeremy Gregg of Central Dallas Ministries continues the conversation about major gifts versus many small gifts. The post is long, carefully reasoned and balanced. Here is one bit that caught my attention:
And yes, as a fundraiser whose organization relies on major donors, I can tell you that there are people who have given upwards of $100,000 per year who suddenly stopped giving because we invited the wrong speaker to an event or our CEO made a comment with which they disagreed.
This is the downside of major gift programs: the tyranny of the donors.
Working on the other side of the table with wealthy people who are used to being in charge we as advisors know the magic word is "Control." Some consider this tyranny, I suppose, though I have always found that I agree with with the views expressed by my sole patron. She did not get where she is without always being right.