A graduate of Yale University, Larry is the author of the award-winning book “The Eight Principles of Sustainable Fundraising” and ranked among the top 15 Fundraising consultants in the United States based on The Wall Street Business Network. Larry specializes in nonprofit development, fundraising, and philanthropy and serves on multiple nonprofit and corporate boards significantly The Philanthropy Council of The Carter Center, the philanthropic arm of Jimmy Carter, the 39th President of United States. This podcast focuses on the importance of relational fundraising and philanthropy within the social ecosystem and shares tips for everyone.
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Snapshot of Questions
Hello Larry, thank you for joining The middle Road for another riveting podcast.
Q): Today, we discuss only the most significant aspects of companies esp. within the social ecosystem fundraising. I begin with the quintessential question, what drove you to fundraise as a career after your degrees in electrical engineering.
Q) You published a book, The Eight Principles, wherein you share your mantra on eight steps for a holistic fundraising initiative. You share an interesting statistic about fundraising that individuals share 90 percent of all philanthropic dollars in the US. From your experience, how true would this be global across the world?
Q) For sustainable fundraising, aligning the social actor’s mission and vision is critical, as mentioned within your framework. This is universally true. However, I would like to articulate your thoughts here, supplemented by lucid examples.
Q) Larry, you emphasize the relationship with donors/givers a lot. When you design a campaign, do you work backward building on a collaborative model, fine-tuning the venture’s mission with that of the donors?
Q) You have worked with multiple actors in fundraising from academic institutions like the College of Idaho, Niagara University, etc.. Also served as a board member on the Philanthropy Council of The Carter Center; what do you think are nuances in their thinking towards giving.
Q) COVID-19 has been an enormous disrupter. Do you think this would have a behavioral change within the donor community? For Example, Warren Buffet and Mackenzie Scott have made significant donations in billions this year.
Q) What changes do you think nonprofits and social entrepreneurs should incorporate with the changing times?
Q) In 2020, General Z (those born between 1995-2010) comprise 20 percent of the working population. They bring a different kind of mindset example, usage of social media, etc. 1 How do you think philanthropy will evolve in the present times?
Q) The US is stunningly beautiful with a breath-taking natural landscape. You stay in an excellent place Boise, which falls on the foothills of the Rocky Mountain. Surrounded by mesmerizing natural habitat, share how it relaxes you through your various outdoor activities.
- How do you think being part of nature helps in enabling clarity of thinking in your work?
Q) You mention the importance of principle, paradigm, and process for laying semblance for a compelling fundraising outreach. The process needs to be metered for flaws. Do speak about your innovation within this segment.
Q) You are launching your operation in India. How would you see overlaps and differences in your work compared to India? How do you plan to fine-tune situational techniques?
Finally, share an Ah Ah movement from your life with the audience.
The Eight Principles of Sustainable Fundraising book can be purchased from Amazon through this link here.