It’s only natural to focus on the activities and work that an organization does—after all, that’s what it’s all about, right? Making a difference? Well, when my husband John and I started giving, we began by doing just that– searching for the nonprofits that fit our interests. We didn’t pay too much attention to who was running the shop because we were more interested in the program itself. It wasn’t until years of giving, many disappointments, and many lessons learned that we discovered how often success hinges on visionary, energetic leadership.
One of the most important lessons I’ve learned over years of giving is that a surefire way to spend wisely is to find great leaders, invest in their work, and hold high expectations. Supporting the people in charge is when you’ll see real results.
Great leadership comes in many forms, from the head of a nonprofit to the CEO of a big corporation, from the members of a strong and visionary nonprofit board to the actual person on the ground. The title people have is less important to us than the passion they have for leading the charge and inspiring everybody around them to achieve greater success.
Here are just a few critical characteristics:
When you find a leader who has some or all of these qualities, there’s a good chance that your gift will help make the difference you want to see.
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