Measuring success (or lack thereof) can be useful both as a learning tool for future fundraising and a means of building morale.
Managers who are accused (usually without their knowledge) of micromanaging don’t see it that way at all. They are managing, that’s it.
While the Jobless Recovery hums along at a rapid clip, people look and wonder where it will end. Trying to make ends meet, gets tougher as those ends seem to move farther apart. Everybody’s selling, nobody’s buying, but it’s a bull market for people writing about the politicians’ inability to order lunch for more than two people. Where will it all end? Some retailers report slightly brighter news, but until people feel confident and secure, happiness is much further than just around the corner.
Getting a grant can be a rewarding, if extremely complicated, achievement. Just filling out the paper work correctly can be an arduous task.
If, as Woody Allen contends, much of success is just showing up, then for nonprofits a great deal of showing up lies in spreading awareness that the organization exists and that it offers something unavailable elsewhere.
There is a saying that “The more you learn, the less you know,” but in the nonprofit sector it can be helpful to learn and know a lot.
One of the crucial factors in a grant proposal can be the budget. This can be a crucial factor when those who disperse the money have to make a hard decision.
Every day there are people who interact with your organization — through email, your Web site, telephone calls and meeting people who have a personal association to your organization.
Driving down that long, lonely highway of major gifts, you might feel as though there is one rule: Get the money.
Once you learn to fall off a bicycle, you never lose the knack. Or something like that.