Rebecca Gregory Segovia, Executive Vice President
“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used to create them.” -Albert Einstein
No industry lives in the realm of possibility more than philanthropy. We devote our careers and lives to finding cures for diseases, providing education and opportunities for well-being, and transforming the world.
But most days, that vision seems more like a dream than a reality. We could all name a dozen challenges that stand in our way on a daily basis. The real problem is many organizations don’t stop and acknowledge the fact that they’re in “business as usual” mode. They’re so heads down that the vision gets blurred and the gets lost in the day-to-day.
So how can you change that way of thinking in your organization? Not just talk about doing things differently, but really alter the way you approach your every day—both on a small scale as an individual and on a large scale as an organization?
Transform the Collective Mindset Inside Your Organization
At Pursuant, we’ve worked with hundreds of nonprofit organizations over the years. Here are some of the lessons we’ve learned from them about how you can effectively transform your thinking and open up a world of new possibilities…
Ask yourself: What would it look like for our nonprofit to achieve that thing that seems impossible today? For example — What could we achieve if we raised $20 million instead of $10 million?
What would we need to do differently as an organization in order for that to be true? How would our team need to operate differently? What kind of leader to I need to be in order to make that change happen?
Lead Your Organization to Go Beyond
Leading your organization to achieve what only seems impossible begins with awareness and collaboration. You need to be open and honest about the limitations (real and imagined) holding your team back, and the desire to transform your organizational thinking to drive it forward to go beyond your current reality and achieve the impossible. .
Here’s what can begin to happen if you take the time to embrace the ideas above and shift the mindset of your organization…
As a leader, you’re always dreaming about what your organization could be. It’s time to turn those dreams into a reality. No one is positioned to help your organization go beyond your current reality to achieve the impossible better than you.
Initiating the process of working through these ideas with your team has the ability to transform not only your fundraising results — but your entire organization.