I'm excited to share with you an interview with John Chandler Vice President of Development at St. Ignatius College Prep in Chicago which you can find at www.ignatius.org. This is part of a set of interviews which will cover not only perspectives on work in philanthropy, but specifically the question of where do you find joy in your work and joy in making an ask.
John is truly an icon at St. Ignatius with over 42 years experience at the school and he has grown their development office into one that consistently exceeds $10 million dollars in fundraising annually. John has been an incredible mentor for me from my first day working with him at St. Ignatius to this day. In fact, we became so close that he was one of the groomsmen in my wedding. He's now one of the closest friends my wife and I have in the city and he's still helping me out at every opportunity as you'll hear in this interview.
John touches on a number of topics, but I think the thread to listen for is the idea of a man who has found his vocation as he'll put in his own words. John goes into ideas around retention of employees, the joy of gifting, educating board members, and you'll also hear him express an idea about involving people beyond alumni and families which I think has been vital to his success. Finally, John is a man of incredible faith and listening to how his beliefs motivate him is a good reminder to all of us to find a cause in line with our own beliefs.
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