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Thought #74 —

Fundraisers Need Boundless Energy

To be successful in our work, it takes great energy. There must be vigor and vitality that is undeniable and indefatigable. The successful fundraisers seem to be able to endure a staggering workload, hour after joyous hour.

All of the great fundraisers I’ve known have exhibited boundless energy. All were like tightly wound wire, ready to spring.

Donors seek fundraisers with energy. They respond to them. It’s infectious.

There are times when it means that you have to push against your own sense of endurance until a surge of energy takes you beyond what you thought was ever possible. Joe White, former President of the University of Illinois, says, “There are days you have to wind yourself up.”