Do YOU give to your organization?

This recent post from Fundraising Detective raises a very good question: Should fundraisers give to the charity they work for?

As was noted in the post and in some of the comments, I think that fundraisers should consider making a regular gift (of whatever size) to the organization where they work because it is important that you have given before you ask others to do the same (assuming that you are indeed passionate about the work your organization is doing — a prerequisite for fundraisers in my humble opinion).  However, I do understand the argument on the other side about putting in extra hours and going above and beyond your job duties for your organization.

I have made it a point to support the places I have worked as a fundraiser and think it has made me a better fundraiser.  What do you think?  Feel free to comment below and on the Fundraising Detective post.

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“But For Ohio State” — a lesson in inspirational fundraising messaging


I recently came across this clip announcing a $100 million gift from Leslie Wexner, the founder of Limited Brands, to The Ohio State University (where Wexner is Board Chairman).

This clip is particularly effective for a few reasons:

  • While announcing what is the largest philanthropic gift in the University’s history, it is also being used to encourage alumni and friends to take the opportunity to support the school now.
  • It succinctly shares Mr. Wexner’s story and his passion for the University — in his own words.
  • Along with gifts, the University is also seeking input from the community about what Ohio State means to them.

For more information on the “But For Ohio State” campaign, please click here.

Welcome to The Good Steward!

I am very pleased to welcome you to The Good Steward.

My goal for TGS is to make it a resource for my fellow non-profit fundraisers and anyone else interested in non-profit organizations and philanthropy.  Going forward, you will find that I try to cover different aspects of fundraising, with an emphasis on individual giving.  To learn a bit more about the blog (and me), check out the About page.

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