Leading the Fundraising Charge: The Role of the Nonprofit Executive


At no other time in the history of organized philanthropy has fundraising leadership been more critical, complex, and challenging. Whatever your nonprofit's mission, Leading the Fundraising Charge precisely addresses the challenges and issues that nonprofit executives face.

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At no other time in the history of organized philanthropy has fundraising leadership been more critical, complex, and challenging. Whatever your nonprofit's mission, Leading the Fundraising Charge precisely addresses the challenges and issues that nonprofit executives face.

Take a look inside to learn more about leadership, philanthropy, development, relationship, and solicitation concepts, as well as:

  • How Leadership Visions motivate entire organizations and construct diverse communities
  • How Philanthropic Values inspire individual advocacy and encourage intentional generosity
  • How Development Principles substantiate the motivation and justification to do fundraising
  • How Relationship Partnerships stimulate donor investment and produce collective impact
  • How Solicitation Practices foster economic vitality and ensure organizational viability

In today's donor-focused environment, the executive director has a greater responsibility to play an active, informed, and influential role in creating an environment that is conducive to optimal philanthropy.

Thorough and focused, Leading the Fundraising Charge realistically examines what it takes to be a respected and reflective leader in the position of nonprofit CEO or executive director today, especially as it relates to fundraising. You'll be equipped with the guidance you need to lead your nonprofit effectively and the tools to help your organization survive and thrive in any economic scenario.

Leadership in the fundraising context is dynamic, emanating from the highest point in an organization; influencing strategic directions; penetrating cultural dimensions; and inspiring entire communities to be intentionally generous and thoughtfully engaged.

Straightforward and savvy, Leading the Fundraising Charge effectively addresses the challenges and issues you face as a nonprofit leader, with the practical advice you need to change direction, maintain momentum, and strengthen your nonprofit's capacity.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470621981
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/29/2013
  • Series: AFP/Wiley Fund Development Series, #203
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 262
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

KARLA A. WILLIAMS, ACFRE, is the principal of The Williams Group, a consulting firm serving clients across the country who want to enhance and expand their philanthropic efforts. She works with CEOs and trustees to assess their potential for civic engagement, create innovative nonprofit programs, and recruit talented people. She is nationally known and a highly respected industry leader, bestselling author, adjunct faculty at three universities, and expert in nonprofit organizational development.

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Table of Contents

Preface xix

CHAPTER 1 Leadership Concepts
Essence, Enigma, Energy, and Effect 1

Introduction 1

ESSENCE of Personal Leadership
Necessary Elements and Ingredients 2

ENIGMA of Positional Leadership
Pressures of Being at the Top 18

ENERGY of Fundraising Leadership
Differences Between Good and Bad 27

EFFECT of Organizational Stages
Various Stages Will Alter Strategy 33

Vision and Values Create Impetus 36

CHAPTER 2 Philanthropy Concepts
Principles, Motivations, IMPACT, and Culture 49

Introduction 49

PRINCIPLES of Organized Philanthropy
Spiritual and Democratic Ideology 50

MOTIVATIONS of Personal Philanthropy
Discovery of Complexity and Complications 62

IMPACT of Community Philanthropy
Measurable Economic and Social Benefits 72

CULTURE of Organizational Philanthropy
Foundation for Successful Fundraising 81

Perception Influences Opinions 82

Communications Shape Cultures 84

Aligning Cultural Ideas and Ideals 87

CHAPTER 3 Development Concepts
Profession, Professionals, Program, and Plan 95

Introduction 95

PROFESSION of Fund Development
From Begging, to Selling, to Marketing 96

PIONEERS (1641 to 1904)
Moral Imperative to Collect Contributions 98

CAMPAIGNERS (1905 to 1960)
Consultants Who Codified Campaign Theory 99

Merged a Calling Into a Career 101

REFLECTORS and CORRECTORS (1990 to 2005)
Shifted to a Donor-Focused Culture 103

RESPONDERS (2005 and Beyond)
Faced Expansion, Retraction, and Globalization 104

PROFESSIONALS in Fund Development
Characteristics, Credentials, and Compensation 107

Expertise, Competencies, and Conscience 108

Education, Experience, and Certification 112

Equitable and Competitive Salaries 116

Roles, Responsibilities, and Expectations 117

PROGRAM for Fund Development
An Integrated Seemless System 121

An Integrated Development Program 121

Adequate Infrastructure and Systems 124

Key to Unleashing Energy and Talent 132

PLAN for Fund Development Program
Articulation of Metrics and Methods 136

COMPONENTS of the Plan
The Individual Parts, Assembled, and Linked 138

Measures to Reduce Risk and Increase Effectiveness 141

CHAPTER 4 Relationship Concepts
Social Exchange, Alignment, Cultivation, and Management 147

Introduction 147

SOCIAL EXCHANGE in Relationships
Move From Transactions to Transformations 149

Social Exchange Based on Shared Values 149

Evaluation of Constituency Profile 153

Focus on High Potential Prospects 156

ALIGNMENT of Relationships
Constituency Analysis Uncovers Patterns 163

Identify Donors With Linkage and Interests 164

Organize Similar Donors Into Groups 170

Rate, Rank, and Match Donors With Cases 172

CULTIVATION in Relationships
Strategies To Build Long-Term Relationships 175

Donor Movement and Monetary Distribution 176

Process to Engage Donors Toward Mission Affinity 179

Relationship System Involving Multiple Contacts 182

MANAGEMENT of Relationships
Techniques To Expand the Donor Base 184

Identify and Invite Donors to Give 186

Encourage Donors to Repeat Behavior 190

Building Donor Loyalty and Attachment 193

The Final Step in Donor Management 195

CHAPTER 5 Solicitation Concepts
Case, Campaigns, Communications, and Goals 199

Introduction 199

CASE to Solict Gifts
Critical Elements of a Case for Support 200

Relevance and Achievability of Vision 201

Marketplace Position in the Community 202

Structurally Sound and Financially Responsible 203

Institutional Assessment of Worthiness 204

Compelling, Urgent, and Realistic Goal 205

CAMPAIGNS to Solicit Gifts
Integration of Fundraising Methods 207

Program for Repeat, Loyal Giving 210

Program for Inspired, Impactful Gifts 213

Program for Mega, Named Donors 215

Program for Donors' Last Gifts 218

Motivational Elicitors to Generate a Response 221

Creation of a Social Exchange 222

Solicitation Effectiveness and Efficiency 229

Accountability for Donors and Dollars 236

GOALS to Solicit Gift
Budgetary Approach to Match Needs and Interests 240

Summary 243

References 243

About the Author 245

Index 247

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