It was the best of times, it was the worst of times….
I have two friends who raise funds for social service agencies that are 90% dependent on government grants and contracts. One of them learned that her boss had never in her 25 year tenure launched a new program. She confronted the executive director, and said, “We need to do something differently.” The ED talked to her coach, and then said to the fundraiser, “You are right. It is going to take some patience, but there is no one I would rather have guide that transition than you.” So fundraising is starting to change at that organization, from galas and grants to mission-focused conversations with donors.
My other friend has been banging her head against “we have always done it this way”. She just told me she thinks she is ready to move to someplace her talents can be put to better use.
We see organizations thrive or fail all the time, but it is a little startling to see the early sprouts of success and doom so vividly.