What Are the Attributes of a Successful Fundraiser?
by: Jim Eskin
The capacity to believe and the capacity to persuade others to believe
It takes a combination of many special attributes to be a successful fundraiser. But if I was forced to single out one above all others, I would pick the capacity to believe and the capacity to persuade others to believe.
Fundraisers unconditionally believe in the following:
The nobility of the missions of the nonprofits they serve.
The cumulative power of their family of co-workers, board members, volunteers and donors to continually aim and reach higher.
The generous nature of the American people to voluntarily share time, talent and treasure, especially in response to urgent crises.
The efficacy of fundraising principles, strategies and best practices that, when consistently applied, will produce positive results over and over again.
And finally, they believe in themselves to do the right thing for the right reasons.