Cheap Easels

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If you want to understand the nonprofit world’s approach to spending money, take a look at their easels. Every small nonprofit owns metal easels. They use these easels a dozen…
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Foundering

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“So what’s your boss like?” I asked a friend, who had recently taken a position at a nonprofit. “Well, you know. He’s a founder.” My friend then listed the adjectives…
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Identity Laundering

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Some charitable gifts are made with open hearts and great altruism. Other charitable gifts are made largely to curry favor or gain attention. And then there are gifts that use…
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Miami Vice

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My father-in-law, Joe, alerted me to a peculiar ad in the business section of the Sunday New York Times. Under the listing “Business Franchise Opportunities” were the words, “Charity Director…
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Waiting. And Waiting.

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There’s an epidemic of deferred philanthropy in this country. What do I mean? Let’s imagine that your house is burning. Firefighters arrive on the scene, and they offer you three…
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Accretion Happens

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So why does your organization hold a charity golf tournament? Probably because it’s something you’ve always done. My guess is that if you looked into it, you’d find that fifteen…
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Naming the Number

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A few years ago I was the chair of a nonprofit organization that was urgently raising money for a new building. As part of that effort I called an affluent…
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