Working in the nonprofit industry requires many fundamental factors. It requires resiliency in the face of defeat. It requires patience in the shadow of obstacles. It requires brainstorming and open-mindedness, and most importantly, it requires a connection. The most successful non-profits are able to differentiate themselves from the rest by successfully connecting not only with the base that they hope to serve, but also with the donor base, the political base, and the community base that they will work within.