“No matter how noble the cause, how dedicated the staff or how badly the service provided is needed, a charity will only be successful in fundraising if they become worthy of the support and are prepared to receive it.”
The concept is, perhaps, not new however in Worthy and Prepared, authors Peter Barrow and Ed Sluga effectively find new and thoughtful ways of expressing the basic principles that fundraisers need to follow to build a successful development program.
The destiny proposition
Sluga and Barrow use the following equation to define what separates the “haves” from the “have nots” in the world of charity fundraising. They call it the destiny equation:
DESTINY + PROCESS = SUCCESS
In this application, “destiny” is a clear and unequivocal understanding of how and why an organization makes the world a better place. It is also the “ultimate desired outcome” of the organization. Some well-known destiny statements, include –
The authors challenge the thought that a destiny statement is just another fancy word for mission statement. Mission statements, they assert, are usually statements of belief. A destiny statement or proposition is tied to outcomes. It should tell everyone:
In Worthy and Prepared, you are talked through the how and why of crafting a destiny proposition, with the knowledge that the destiny proposition is a journey that is unlikely to be completed in the lifetime of your work with your organization. It is literally your ultimate destiny, an ideal, a transcending wish.
To learn more, order Worthy and Prepared. A Civil Sector Press publication.