What major philanthropists really want from fundraisers

Ronald J. Schiller (a veteran fundraiser with too many accolades to list here) wrote a fantastic book titled Belief and Confidence. In it, he draws on 30 years of experience and interviews with tons of philanthropists responsible for hundreds of gifts— some in the 10-figure range.

It’s fascinating to hear precisely what so many major philanthropists think. Their responses to Ronald’s interview questions in the book give great insight.

Here are just a few things they told him:

“When we’re involved, we will often make a major commitment fairly quickly. That commitment goes hand in hand with involvement, however; it rarely happens before we’re truly involved.” [Page 103]

“We gave to one organization we loved, but they were always in trouble. It became exhausting to bail out an organization that couldn’t manage itself.” [Page 26]

“The most important part of any organization is the people. Great things happen when a group of people work together and pull in the same direction.” [Page 120]


Want more? You’ll have to buy Ronald’s book.


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