Verity 11: you have an unwavering commitment to the institution and a near-militant belief in its mission.

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Jerold Panas
January 03, 2014

Goethe wrote: ‘Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to drop back. The moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred.’

Your commitment to the institution must be unshakable. That doesn’t mean without question or constructive challenge. That would be faith without thought. But your commitment to the cause must glow and glitter for all to see.

The Salvation Army was founded by an extraordinary person, a zealot, who asked: ‘Why should the devil have all of the good songs?’ It was Booth’s unmitigated commitment to the cause and his unbounded belief in the Army’s mission that made the growth of this organisation possible.

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.

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