NANOE and their 1,400 members have poignantly asked the question, “Is Charity Broken for Good?” This group of charitable leaders, named National Association of Nonprofit Organizations and Executives (NANOE), have determined that high-performing nonprofit leaders are entirely frustrated with the dysfunction of nonprofits.
I first heard of Jimmy LaRose after serving eight years on the board of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (Columbia, SC). I was privileged to hold the office of President, win AFP’s Fundraising Executive of the Year Award and organize National Philanthropy Day. I attended every board meeting and event. I was all in for AFP and Jimmy LaRose was an anathema to me.
Has anyone on your board suggested that you hire an expert grant-writing consultant to secure all that “magical money” foundations give out? Have you mistakenly bought into the myth that grant writers have some sort of extra special talent you’ll need in order to secure a grant? Well, here’s five secrets these so called “experts” don’t want you to know about foundation grants:
I recently received a flyer from a nonprofit consultant that had a catchy phrase on the cover. His big line was, “Stop LECTURING your Board Members and start TRAINING them!” Here’s the problem. If you have to have to train your directors THEN YOU’VE GOT THE WRONG BOARD MEMBERS! Name me one other industry where the CEO is responsible to TRAIN THEIR BOSSES. It’s simply ridiculous.
Just wanted to take a moment to let you know that this article has been written for donors (not nonprofit execs or consultants). Our goal is to discourage givers from ever participating in a feasibility study ever again. Before we get started, and as a reminder, here’s the fundraising industry’s explanation of a campaign feasibility study, as defined by consultant Burke Keegan: