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.
Are you spending most of your time meeting deadlines while other essential — but not deadline-driven — tasks go wanting? With a full to-do list, getting out each grant proposal on time usually becomes the urgent matter that drives a grant professional’s days.
Fundraisers need to be on the alert for changes in trends anywhere in the world, and that includes the Middle East, where fundraising might not have seemed like a worthwhile project early in this century.
Most people would rather have a long, slow root canal performed on them than make an type of IT transition. But, it has to be done and there are things to consider before you do it.
The bottom line is money. You can have the best mission but cash is your ten, jack, queen, king and ace. Finance has to be at the top of the agenda when developing organizational strategies.
Even a hint of abuse of children can be disastrous for a nonprofit, and most organizations have come to adopt comprehensive approaches to dealing with the issue.
Many people have nothing but fear and loathing of change, but waving a cross or handful of garlic is generally not viewed as a reliable means of preventing change or handling it when it comes along. Neither is “We realize now, but we didn’t then, that …”
Most nonprofit executives are aware of the need to include board members in fundraising, either through their own donations or solicitations of friends and business associates. Many such managers approach the task by making up the process as they go along.
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