And yet as a charitable organization we MUST all talk about money, frequently.
So how do we get our board members, volunteers and even fellow staff members to talk about money?
Clearly they form early in life from family, community, religious organizations and school. Eventually we sort out these perceptions and develop our own. So a way to have a group discussion might start with the following type questions:
- How was money discussed in my parental home?
- With whom am I most comfortable speaking about money? Why?
- Do people become more or less generous as they grow older? Why?
- The root word of “generous” means “according to kind” (“kindly”) or “natural.” Is generosity natural?
- Has anything changed my attitudes about money in recent years?
A thoughtful discussion about attitudes toward money may provide a background resource for those who talk with prospects about giving money. The better you understand a person’s attitudes about money, the more comfortable you and your prospect will be.
If you like this concept, you may want to read At Ease by John & Sylvia Ronsvalle published by Alban Institute. The subtitle is “discussing money and values in small groups.” It’s a 100-page paperback with lots of food for thought.
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