Human beings have an uncanny ability to sabotage their own plans and harm their own interests, individually or collectively.
It’s knowing that your door is always open and your furniture is gone, as George Carlin rendered the John Hartford song.
As with sex, the variations on fraud schemes that can be perpetrated are limited only by the imagination of the people involved. New technologies, in hardware as well as software, can help a determined thief pocket a lot of money and destroy a philanthropic organization or mission.
The hope of any manager who has to investigate an accusation of misbehavior by an employee is that the investigation into the charges will go smoothly and quickly, that there will be no extremely ruffled feathers and that everything will be fine and dandy once the investigation is concluded.
Benchmarking, a necessary part of the fundraising endeavor, is more than just assembling a mountain of numbers and letting them sit side-by-side.
Integrating a multi-channel approach to fundraising sounds great, but many nonprofit organizations are still trying to come to grips with what that means, or how to get the most out of it.
People make mistakes, sometimes little, and sometimes, well, criminal.
Willie Sutton robbed banks because that’s where the money was and, despite what people heard in the years after 2008, banks are still places with lots of money.
The standard requirements for a nonprofit board member are fairly well known: commitment to the cause, willingness to attend meetings and offer constructive ideas, donating money, getting friends to donate money, donating more money, getting more friends to donate more money, finding ways to get more friends to donate more money, donating more money.
Let me not criticize a man until I have walked a mile in his shoes, and I hope lie anything his shoes fit me.
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February 2, 2015Table Of Contents
Vol 29 No. 2
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