Last week,I was given the honor to coach a committed group of board members on fundraising, and I really wanted to distill down to the basics at the end of the day. I knew that this room full volunteers had heard it all before, from how the art of the ask to the zeros on the checks. Many have spent years shaping the future of an institution that they all believed in, and put their hearts and souls in. It all came back to the WHY, HOW and WHEN as I worked through the 8 hour day of coaching, reigniting and reconnecting to purpose.
Why is Reconnecting Passion
How is the Method to Get it Done
When is the Timeline to Do it
So, I set out on a mission to reconnect to passion and ended it with the my personal Top Five Things I always remember when I am asking for a gift. Unlike Letterman, I only need one hand to make a point.
#1 When I make a connection or ask for a Gift, it isn't about me or what I want or need, its really about the cause.
#2 I can't ask for a Gift, unless I’ve given one myself.
#3 I should speak with authenticity, and have a story to tell about the impact that cause or institution has made on a life, or even my own.
#4 People always, ultimately, give to People.
#5 Listen. Listen. Listen. We really only learn when we listen.
”I've found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver”.- Maya Angelou