A philanthropist lives with the desire to create a real impact in the world by tackling the most pressing issues in their local society. Truth be said, this is a challenging course of action or path that only yields fruit with collaborative relationships.
Think about the resources and amounts of efforts you will need to tackle critical societal problems like poverty, deforestation, mutilation, youth empowerment, relationship building to foster strong communities, and climate change, just to name a few. It is near-obvious that single-source funding for such projects could be a mere drop in the bucket. This reveals why the new philanthropists embrace relationships to succeed.
Here are the key strategies that’ll help a new philanthropist to forge crucial relationships.
A Bridgespan report considers forging good personal relationships as the first element of success in philanthropy. It is the personal touch between the philanthropist organization and the donors that counts. The new philanthropist must appreciate the role of personalized messages and content as a tool that assures donors of their position as valued stakeholders in nonprofits.
The Role of Constant Communication
You must appreciate the importance of engaging your donors and other critical stakeholders in constant communication as a new philanthropist. Many organizations will indeed experience a form of communication hiatus at a point in the year.
Remember, you will be dealing with people (particularly millennials) who are preoccupied with other economically essential life issues. Take time to initiate periodic follow-ups to ensure that your communication with both the current and prospective donors doesn’t suffer neglect.
Trust is Key In The World of Giving
Trust is the foundation of any successful relationship out there. Indeed, this applies to your relationships with your donors as well. Every upcoming philanthropist needs to know that lack of trust creates an operational culture. The partners involved (the donor and the nonprofit) feel undervalued and have a sense of a lack of control. This limits the ability to move forward whenever you propose a new initiative as a vision holder.
You need not find a lot of difficulties in your efforts of establishing a philanthropic initiative that thrives on trust. You may achieve this through these steps.
-Fostering reliability and accountability for every coin channeled to the nonprofit
-Being both a good listener and learner
-Being exemplary, intentional, and diligent when performing your duties
-Communicate transparently and ensure that the stakeholders get consistent updates without discrimination
These are simple but powerful ways to ensure that you have value within your relationships and your organization to empower the local or global community.