By Jennifer McCrea, Jeffrey C. Walker, Karl Weber
The Generosity Network is the basic consultant to the paintings of activating assets of each variety at the back of any helpful cause. Philanthropist Jeff Walker and fund-raising professional Jennifer McCrea offer a clean new viewpoint which may make the hardest demanding situations of nonprofit administration and improvement much less tense, extra rewarding—and even enjoyable.
Walker and McCrea exhibit how conventional pre-scripted, money-centered, goal-oriented fund-raising concepts bring about anxiousness and failure, whereas open-spirited, curiosity-driven, person-to-person connections result in discovery, growth—and frequently outstanding results. Through engrossing own tales, a wealth of leading edge feedback, and encouraging examples, they convey nonprofit leaders easy methods to construct a group of engaged companions who percentage a typical ardour and are desirous to give you the assets had to switch the world—not simply cash, but additionally time, skills, own networks, artistic pondering, public aid, and the entire different kinds of social capital that regularly look scanty but are fairly ample, ready to be exposed and mobilized.
Highly practical, motivating, and concept provoking, The Generosity Network is designed to energise and empower nonprofit leaders, managers, donors, board contributors, and different supporters. even if you support run a multimillion-dollar worldwide nonprofit or bring up cash for an area scout troop, PTA, or different neighborhood association, you’ll examine new techniques that may make your paintings extra winning and relaxing than ever.
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