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Bridges connect different locations. They facilitate the crossing of people “from one side to the other.” Shown is the breathtaking Pennybacker Bridge, a “through-arch bridge” located on the west side of Austin in the scenic hill country. Click on the photograph to learn more about it.
I have always thought of nonprofit fundraisers as “bridges” between their organizations and donors. Development professionals must constantly make connections, and translate their nonprofit’s mission and needs to individuals, families, foundations, corporations and governments in such a way that funding is provided.
I have often discovered, however, that nonprofit program staff – hard working and dedicated – nonetheless lack the skills to communicate their good work and urgent needs to a lay audience. This is where development staff shine.
The most sophisticated and affluent donors are experts in the fields where they have excelled and thrived, but they may not understand how your nonprofit works and what it is accomplishing (or what it hopes to accomplish). I have discovered well meaning supporters who have made or inherited great wealth often find the public expects them to be experts on every topic imaginable. But the truth is, they are not!
One cannot assume wealthy donors and potential donors fully comprehend what your nonprofit is accomplishing. Development professionals are vital bridges between their organizations and their funding partners. Nonprofit executive directors and board members should view development staff in this light, and appreciate them all the moreso.
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