Many nonprofit leaders put their heart into pursuing a gift only to have the proposal declined. When this happens, offer opportunities beyond a cash gift. It might be slower, but involvement increases chances of a gift at another time.
Sometimes we forget that nonprofits emerge to meet needs that result from public policies and legislation. We have to change the conditions that lead to situations where nonprofits must form and raise funds to deal with effects of systemic issues.
Most outstanding CEOs think their tenure is forever. They don’t want to think about their time as a leader coming to an end. We understand. You are on top of your game, you are giving your all to your organization… But that is selfish and unfair.