Free Resource for Fundraisers: Here is a link to a self running slide show with voice over. You are welcome to use this with your donors and board. Have them listen to it, either on their own, or in a group setting. The presentation, as you will see, lands on, "Please Lead." Please lead at the planning table where the big dollars are planned. Please lead from the best in you, so the best in us as a community lives on.
The talk leaves donors and advisors motivated, but it begs the question, How. How are we to lead?
You, as the convener can then suggest practical next steps, or lead the viewers to another more directly practical workshop. The donor can lead by rethinking his or her estate plan in the light of the talk, and in the light of his or her passionate community commitments. Advisors and fundraisers can lead by using the question banks in this presentation to open high level conversations about legacy and social impact with high capacity donors. Board members can lead by doing their own legacy planning, and providing an inspired example to others. Board members can also lead by aligning the mission of the organization, and its programs, with the mission and desired social impact of key donors.
For further reading, especially if you are grassroots organization, you might try Hildy Gottlieb's Pollyanna Principles: Reinventing 'Nonprofit Organizations' to Create the Future of our World and Kevin Johnson's The Power of Legacy and Planned Gifts: How Nonprofits and Donors Work Together to Change the World. These books will give you practical, hands-on exercises you can use with your key donors, allied professionals, and board members as you work through what real leadership means in your organization, and in your community. You may well conclude that you and your peer grassroots organizations should be working together collaboratively, perhaps with your local community foundation, to constructively advance the overall tempo and volume of mission-driven, community-focused, philanthropy. You may also conclude that with your community foundation and allied advisors, you can meet the hidden objections that big donors have about making big legacy gifts to small and possibly ephemeral grassroots organizations. There are substantive answers to the concerns these donors have.
If you have a chance, check out the slide show, and the books, then let me know what you think. I would like to develop further such "long distance" educational and motivational resources, if there is an interest among gifthub readers. How to make all this work - can we share our experiences?