The best philanthropic CEOs drive a solid culture of ‘healthy philanthropy’ throughout their charitable organizations. How do they do that?

Engage…in the Case for Support

  • Provide evaluation, input and insight on projects
  • Relate defined needs to strategic plan
  • Incorporate governing board and management team priorities
  • Listen and encourage discussion and buy-in from constituent publics


  • Involve volunteer leaders in project selection and goal-setting
  • Participate in key meetings
  • Share updates and plans to further alignment
  • Recognize positive impact of CEO encouragement and support of staff and volunteers

Engage…in Major Gifts 

  • Join staff or volunteers in key asks
  • Answer the “tough” questions, including financials
  • Cultivate and steward major donors and prospects
  • Serve as visionary to compel others to achieve philanthropic success