Perspiration and Inspiration
Major donor ministry requires discipline. It requires hard work. Yes, there is inspiration, and there have to be ideas — but fundraising with major donors does include a significant amount of perspiration along with the inspiration. It is the discipline, the willingness to work, to work smart, and to work productively, that will make the difference. It’s not just a matter of throwing out ideas or spinning vision. Like so many achievements in life, this is probably going to be 10% inspiration and 90% perspiration!
And a ministry leader cannot delegate major donor development entirely. Yes, 90% of all development work can be done by others — but the “Big Guy” (or Gal) is the person the major business owner or entrepreneur will want to talk to — peer to peer, leader to leader, driver to driver, visionary to visionary. Head guys talk to head guys.
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