I recently heard about this book and was intrigued by the title: The Seven Faces of Philanthropy: A New Approach to Cultivating Major Donors (click for a nice review of it).
My friend Kimberly Humphries, Development Director for Irving Cares, forwarded these notes on the book to me (she credited Carole Rylander with connecting her to the book).
Let's take a look at these faces (the images are not from the book...just a few minutes on Google).
The Communitarian – Doing Good Makes Sense
If I’m going to help someone, it’s sure going to be my neighbors. We’ve got to stick together and make life for everyone here in the community just a little bit better.
The Devout – Doing Good is God’s Will
Thanks to the Almighty, I have the means to improve the lives of others. I believe God intends for me to help the deserving, those less fortunate than myself.
The Investor – Doing Good is Good Business
Giving only makes sense when everyone comes out winning. This way the positive relationships can continue to be positive and continue for a good long time. If I don’t consider the financial repercussions of giving, my charitable relationships will not be very strong for very long.
The Socialite – Doing Good is Fun
We all work together, my friends and I, to raise money for charity. When one of us decides to help a charity, that charity gets all of us. It’s a team effort.
The Repayer – Doing Good in Return
I was very successful, but I was never into giving to charity before. But after I found out someone in my family had received services from your organization, I became involved in funding organizations that help other people like my family was helped.
The Altruist – Doing Good Feels Right
For me to continue to grow as a compassionate person requires that I care. I have to care in a way that moves things forward. For me philanthropy is a process of personal development and a way to move things forward.
The Dynast – Doing Good is a Family Tradition
I never thought about it until I hit college. Charity was always what my family did. We just all grew up with discussions about it, with going to charity affairs, with people interested in issues.
Where do you see your donors faces?