WHAT THE FUNDRAISING
148: Transforming Nonprofits through Servant Leadership with Evan Wildstein
“Empathy is not just about personal experience, but also about being able to understand and connect with others on a deeper level. It is a crucial element of servant leadership that helps build meaningful relationships with donors, colleagues, and the community.”
– Evan Wildstein
In this episode of What the Fundraising Podcast…
Meet Evan Wildstein, a dynamic figure in the nonprofit sector with two decades of experience under his belt. A rock musician at heart, Evan transitioned from captivating audiences on stage to creating meaningful relationships in the philanthropic world. His well-rounded background in business management coupled with a strong passion for arts and public programs gives him a unique perspective in servant leadership. What sets Evan apart is his ongoing quest to redefine servant leadership – moving away from the old paradigm of selflessness and sacrifice, towards a focus on community building and self-growth. In this episode, Evan and I talk about the positive impact of servant leadership in nonprofit operations and how empathy can turn a fundraising relationship from simple to sublime.
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Get to know Evan Wildstein:
A nonprofiteer for nearly 20 years, Evan Wildstein has led fundraising and strategy for The Juilliard School, Asia Society, Rice University, Houston Grand Opera, and others. Inspired by the intersection of philanthropy, creativity, and learning, Evan has galvanized funding for innovative projects that inspire stronger communities, consulted nonprofits on board development and talent growth, commissioned operas, and produced community-centered educational programs. He writes regularly on social impact and organizational leadership for Philanthropy News Digest, The International Journal of Servant-Leadership, and other journals and publications. A native of New York, Evan and his family live in Houston, Texas.
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