Verity 10: boldness has genius, power and magic to it

Written by
Jerold Panas
Added
December 11, 2013

It’s the courage to dare, to step out that’s wins the contest and gets the gift. The great fundraisers are infused with boldness and courage: an awesome audacity.

There must be the willingness to brave the unexplored – and to attempt the unthinkable. The challenge!

The great ones in this business thrive on it. It is the one button to push to get them started – and running.

There is a glowing, glorious statement about courage in Theodore Roosevelt’s The Men In The Arena. He says, ‘The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again – because there is not effort without error.

‘At best, he knows in the end the triumphs of high achievement. And at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly. His place shall never be with those whose cold and timid souls know neither victory nor defeat.’

About the author: Jerold Panas

Jerold Panas

Jerold Panas has been professionally involved in fundraising for over 40 years. He combines his understanding and experience with a special talent for strategic planning, major gifts and volunteer development.

He is a frequent speaker at conferences and seminars and a regular contributor to professional journals. Dr Panas is regarded as an author of particular note and his books are considered amongst the most significant in the field.

In 2013, he received the coveted lifetime achievement award for his contribution to philanthropy and fundraising. In 2011, the Cultural Office of Mexico cited him for his contribution to the nation’s philanthropy.

Related case studies or articles

Introducing: the verities

An introduction to Jerold Panas’ fundraising verities.

Each important, many a virtual strike of lightning. 

Read more

Verity eight: you delight in the premise that fundraising provides fulfilment to deeds not words.

Raising funds forces us to believe in the promise of the future. But it pays great tribute for what we achieve today.

Read more

Verity nine: you have presence

‘Presence’, says Jerry Panas, ‘is one of those words that everyone talks about and no one defines. It somehow eludes description. Yet, it’s one of the most important elements in our work. It’s not appearance, dress, or funny stories: it’s energy. It shows and it glows.’

Read more

Verity seven: you have decisive resolve.

Nothing significant has ever been accomplished unless some man or woman dreamed it should be done.

Read more

Also in Categories