"Everyone participates in the relational work of fundraising and it's the layperson - board member, volunteer, or client - whose work shines brightest."
- Otto Reinisch
"The most important thing is that we are able to be one-to-one, you and I with each other at the moment."
- Fred Rogers (aka Mr. Rogers)
I believe personal growth best takes place in the context of authentic human relationships.
It challenges us to be fully present; face-to-face.
It requires mutual trust earned over time.
Its power is in the personal stories we share.
This is the relational work that makes learning & growing together valuable...and meaningful.
It's also what makes us distinctly human.
- Otto Reinisch
My story about how (& why) it all started
...and important lessons I learned along the way
By age 25 I already was a 'rock star' in the fundraising world. As the first Director of Development for The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International, I sat atop an international fundraising success story and had more than $50,000,000 in gifts 'under my belt'.
This was pretty heady stuff for someone fresh out of college and without fundraising experience.
Everything changed for me, however, the day a silver-haired Rotarian stopped by my office during his tour of our headquarters. Here’s what he told me…
My Perspective: The Relational Work of Fundraising
Philanthropy is the deepest expression of our divine humanity.
Every gift is part of someone’s story about the search for meaning.
We are storytelling creatures who find meaning in stories we share.
The relational work of fundraising
is a story-sharing ministry of helping donors find meaning in philanthropy, and
requires us to be fully present in authentic human relationship.