There can be three easy questions you can have in your mind to help know the level a donor/champion is in his/her transformational journey. To refresh your memory of the transformational journey and its three levels of activity, Participant, Engaged, and Owner, you may need to click the level and see how these are defined.
The individual who is involved and begins to participate has answered the question: “What can I do?” This is the entry for us all. We need to start somewhere.
The Participant who begins to ask, “Who else should do this with me?” is ready to function with the cause at the engagement level. The sphere of influence is now getting bigger than the person and the project.
The Engaged champion whose actions reflect the question, “Who else needs to know about this?” is now ready to be an owner and transfer the cause to others. Once the cause is being transferred, the individual has owned it is so much duplication begins.
It is really not hard at all to identify the level a champion may be functioning. Your role can be one to help the champion ask the next question to keep the involvement moving in a positive direction. I fear some fail to disciple the champion because it seems too hard or cumbersome. Hopefully these three questions help make the moving our champions simpler to understand.