Core values are formed over time, but self-contemplation is needed to identify them. Once identified, you must follow these in practice, in order to promote consistency between what you say and how you act. Both individuals and foundations should express their values so that it becomes easier to connect over shared ideals.
Building trust is significant because relationships built on trust grow strong. Trusting relationships are lifelines that keep organizations afloat during times of trouble. Here are a few tips to build trusting relationships with donors.
- Be accessible. Create many points of contact in order to give donors a clear picture of who you are. Social media is a great way to accomplish this.
- Share your story. On the “About Staff” page, provide a story that allows the reader to follow your career path. Include a photo of yourself so donors can match your name to your face.
- Don’t use a generic firstname.lastname@example.org email address. Using a personal email address will create a tone of familiarity and friendliness with the donor.
Self-discipline involves acting according to what you think instead of how you feel in the moment. To be an authentic leader, you must remain calm no matter how high your stress levels reach. Restraint creates an air of respect, which makes others more comfortable when interacting with you.
Act from the Heart
The two words that summarize acting from the heart are passion and compassion. To develop these traits, you need to follow your own path and be true to yourself. You can demonstrate passion and compassion in many ways, such as through event participation, enthusiasm, or knowledge in your field.