Think big. Think long term.
That’s the message of today’s post.
Are you changing the world (or your corner of it, at least) by fulfilling your mission?
How are you making sure your organization is GROWING?
- I’m tired of nonprofits cutting development positions and not providing training for staff and board members. It is short-sighted and detrimental to long-term fundraising efforts.
- I’m tired of foundations that only fund programs, providing only funding that is so restrictive, that the charities that they claim to be helping end up bending over backwards to fit the mold the foundation has set.
- I’m tired of donors who only want to give in ways that won’t really help your organization. A common example is when a donor wants to start a new program when you can’t even support your existing ones.
What Does it Take to Grow?
It takes guts.
Today, I’m asking you to stand up and start educating your funders and your bosses about supporting what you really need, especially development efforts so you can fulfill your mission.
My life’s work is to help you achieve your life’s work: to heal the sick, curb hunger, stop child abuse, preserve the environment, empower women, provide and enhance educational opportunities, and so much more. I do this by helping organizations raise more money and therefore come closer to fulfilling their mission.
Without adequate resources, you won’t be able to achieve your mission. It’s that simple.
No-Nonsense: It’s Time to Take a Stand
Today’s message is entirely no-nonsense (my strong suit). I’m asking you to join me in encouraging people to save the world by providing the resources that really make a difference.
Stand up and be honest with donors by telling them what you really need. One of the most critical things you need is funding for development staffing and training.
Have you heard the expression, “Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth”? I’m telling you to look down his throat. Don’t take gifts that don’t help further your mission and your goals.
If your charity is to survive and thrive in this challenging economic time, you’ll need to invest more in development, not less. Funders and bosses need to be educated about the importance of capacity building in terms of training and investment. It’s the best way to grow and serve your community better.
Together, the nonprofit community must stand up and ask donors (foundation funders and individuals) to help where help is really needed.
Although not directly related, today’s post was inspired by a post by Eugene Eric Kim called Collective Intelligence in Philanthropy.
In the article, Kim says that funders should start thinking about themselves more as problem solvers and less as funders.
How can they help you solve the problems and issues your charity was created for?
Have you ever turned down a gift that you couldn’t use? Have you ever convinced a funder to change the restriction on his/her gift based on what you really needed? Please share your stories in the comments.