NONPROFIT CEO's: WHAT DO YOU WANT? ...You say that you want to become a confident prolific fundraiser? Do you really 'want' that? Or, do you feel you 'have to' become a great fundraiser? Think about the difference there. If you feel you have to [ie but you don't really want to], might you not be in resistance to the very outcome you seek? IF, you respond that you want it, then I have a question for you:
HOW BADLY DO YOU WANT IT?
Give this thought and then read on.... [Your success will only come when you set an authentic thought that you really want to learn the joy of offering others the most meaningful opportunity to make the impact they want to make!]
Experienced Fundraising Coach Susan Axelrod offers highly personalized and specialized coaching for nonprofit leaders who are ready to make deeper connections with donors and raise more money. Helping nonprofit leaders transform their consciousness from Money to Meaning by moving FROM a Fundraising Culture of Asking for Money TO a Philanthropy Culture of Offering Meaningful Impact is the core of Susan's work. Strengthening the nonprofit sector one organization at a time is the Impact.
I offer Individualized Coaching and teach strategy for high-level personal solicitations that produce every time. For individual nonprofit leaders in a customized coaching program, to national organizations with multiple chapters, or small groups of people who come together through innovative connections, I offer intensive programs to provide training and guidance to both emerging and established nonprofit leaders.
Whatever your personal fundraising coaching need is, please look through the site and contact me directly if you do not see a program that works for you. I never pressure or engage in hard-sell tactics. Get Confident! Call for a free no-strings session and then you can decide if it works for you.
Through Confident Fundraising, my intention is to offer fundraising relief to the executive leaders of nonprofits throughout the United States who are lovingly and expertly caring for the fabric of our society. I am here to support you in a safe environment with your most private concerns about your own ability to raise money for your organization. You must succeed, for the strong future of the nonprofit sector, and our world. Blessings to each and every one of you for the work you do every day, Susan
SEEKING A MENTOR OR COACH from the 'poet laureate' of fundraising, Jerry Panas:
Josh Bersin is a noted management consultant and an expert on corporate leadership. He was involved with General Electric— first with Jack Welch and then Jeffrey Immalt.
He wrote an article called Why Leaders Must Be Experts. One of the sections that stood out for me was his comment that everyone needs to find a coach. No matter what your rank or level in the organization. Here’s what he wrote:
“If you think back about your own career, you can probably think of one person (a manager, an executive, an advisor) who had a significant impact on making you who you are today. This person took some extra time to work with you, gave you some badly needed advice, and truly cared about your success.
“A coach is not a manager or supervisor, but rather someone who knows how to help you bring out the best you have. And this person has the uncanny ability to point out your weaknesses and help you learn to overcome them. We have coaches all around us. You should look for one and ask one of your colleagues to take time with you every quarter (or hire a professional executive coach, there are thousands of them). High performing companies are heavily invested in leadership coaching.”
You musn’t feel awkward or reticent about asking someone. I have found most are pleased to be asked.
Pick out someone you greatly admire and respect. Let them know why you chose them and how much time you believe it will take. Jerry Panas
Confident Fundraising is a service of Axelrod Philanthropy Advising....What Will Your Legacy Be?
Susan L. Axelrod, CFRE, PFR | 518.495.4573