Being More Efficient isn’t Always the Answer

Posted on 07/11/2012 by |Philanthropy & Fundraising | Comments

VolunteeringAs your typical husband, I sometimes find myself asking, “I wonder why my wife does it that way?  It would be a lot more efficient if…”  As if the value I bring to our marriage is to help her be more efficient.  What a mistake.  That is not it (and the subject of an entirely different blog), and I often have to remind myself, efficiency is not always the most important or end goal. Same goes for nonprofits. As a …

It’s the Donor’s Money

Posted on 02/6/2012 by |Philanthropy & Fundraising | Comments

Money & SavingsHave you ever noticed that when you buy a tube of toothpaste from the grocery store, that you never think the money you spend still belongs to you? Fact: you exchanged the money for the toothpaste. Toothpaste belongs to you and the money belongs to the store you bought it from. Quid pro quo, tit for tat, or as some say, “We’re square.” Not so with donations! After 23 years in fundraising, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve …