Email is so last week that only the most lumbering of dinosaurs would use it, for anything, including fundraising.
In any endeavor that involves bringing in money, the temptation is to make as much as possible as fast as possible. It is understandable, but it can lead to decisions that hurt over the long run.
Because knowledge is power (or just a good idea in fundraising), many organizations conduct extensive research and design comprehensive surveys for donors to take.
Ask nonprofit professionals about the process of applying for grants and you’ll hear some common responses. It’s exhausting. It seems repetitive and never ending. There’s always another deadline and never enough time. The grind of preparing and submitting proposal after proposal can lead to procrastination and burnout — both of which make things worse.
As the world, and nonprofit operations, become more complex, the makeup of a tax-exempt board takes on added importance. Gone are the days when a friend of a friend who happens to be available can fill a seat at the table.
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.
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