If you are fundraising in a small shop, I salute you. It is hard. You come to work and often receive no kudos or respect for what you do. I want you to know that I know what you’re going through. And I appreciate that you take a small part of your limited time to read this.
Do you get to do things you like to do, when you volunteer? Or do you feel taken advantage of?
So, you’re talking to a donor and the first thing they want to know is: How much of this donation goes to the cause?
This has become the only standard by which a nonprofit is judged deserving on funds. And this is truly sad.
When you discourage long-term vision, you institutionalize suffering.
When funders and donors have a need for immediate gratification, your nonprofit always loses.
Here’s how NOT to write a fundraising plan. 1. First, make sure you make it in total isolation. You don’t want any input from any other staff or board messing it up. 2. Make it focused solely around one or two income streams, like one big event and a government grant. Because what could go… [Keep Reading]
“RICHARD WILKINSON: (With a large wage gap) almost everything gets worse: homicide rates, how kids get on at school, math and literacy scores, teenage birth rates, obesity. Mental illness is worse, how much people feel they can trust others, the size of prison populations, what proportion of the population are locked up, measures of social cohesion, how much people are involved in community life. Everything seems to get worse.
BILL MOYERS: Levels of trust among people are affected by the distribution of income?
RICHARD WILKINSON: I think it’s something that people have had an intuition about for centuries. They have often regarded inequality as divisive and socially corrosive. And our data shows that this intuition is much truer than any of us ever realized. We choose our friends from amongst our equals. People don’t feel so at ease with people who are much better off.
BILL MOYERS: Inequality makes strangers of us?
KATE PICKETT: That’s right. At one point, we wanted to call our book, “Inequality: The Enemy Between Us” because in a more unequal society, the social distances get stretched out between us. As the hierarchy gets steeper, social distances are greater, and it’s harder to trust.
1. Status Quo Culture A status quo culture, which means nobody striving for more efficient and effective activity. Because their salaries are not tied to actually solving the problem, in any way. Nor are salaries tied to how much money they raise. Nor are salaries tied to any measure of client satisfaction or employee satisfaction…. [Keep Reading]
Camilla Nevill at the New Philanthropy Capital Blog has just made a fascinating post about the concept of happiness in funding. What she asks is, should we be measuring things like well-being as well as test scores when deciding if a nonprofit is fulfilling its mission?
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Here’s part two of leading your nonprofit. What does it take? 7. Curiosity Ask yourself what you don’t know about your organization. Sit in on programs. Learn the stories, meet the people, ask them questions on how you can help them. Learn how to fundraise better from your staff, and from workshops. Get curious about… [Keep Reading]
If there is corruption at your nonprofit, who can you go to? Who helps you get a fair salary for your fundraising experience? Where do you go with fundraising questions? If you raise lots of money, are you promoted? And if not, why not? What do you do if you’ve been wrongfully terminated? Remember your… [Keep Reading]