Henry “Hank” Rosso: Giving is a Privilege

“Giving is a privilege, not a nuisance or a burden. … Thoughtful philanthropists see themselves as responsible stewards of life’s gifts to them. What they have they hold in trust, in their belief, and they accept the responsibility to share their treasures effectively through their philanthropy. Giving is an expression of thankfulness for the blessings that they have received during their lifetime.”

— Henry “Hank” Rosso, from his Achieving Excellence in Fund Raising book

Hank Rosso founded the IU Fundraising School in 1974. He developed this philosophy of fundraising over a lifetime of work as a fundraiser, consultant, and teacher. These principles have stood the test of time and culture, so I thought I would share some of his wisdom.

These are the joys we get to experience as fundraisers.