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Gate A-4 By Naomi Shihab Nye: Wandering around the Albuquerque Airport Terminal, after learning my flight had been delayed four hours, I heard an announcement: “If anyone in the vicinity of Gate A-4 understands any Arabic, please come to the gate immediately.” Well— one pauses these days. Gate A-4 was…
Our work is very complicated, with so many obstacles, from the instability and unpredictability of funding; to society’s ridiculous expectations. To face all those complexities and do our jobs well, we need to work effectively with each other. So here are 10 fundamental agreements that I recommend we make with one another as we do the challenging work of making the world better.
I learned how to manage up, cajole, inspire, facilitate, encourage and succeed in fundraising with leadership on political campaigns. I know nonprofit leadership (CEO, COO, CFO, Program Directors etc.) are busy with anything but fundraising – compared to a political candidate – Ha!
Today we cannot forget – EVER – those who serve our country now or did in the past or gave their lives for our freedom.
Whether you agree with the US military spending, participation in wars near and far or recruitment, preparation and training of a future force – today we have military men and women who are serving at the behest of the President and for us. We cannot forget them.
It provides insight from 3,000+ nonprofit CEOs and Executive Directors. They reflect on their work with their board members and fundraising roles, responsibilities and expectations. While the latest survey was 2011, the first was in 2001, over the years I have been following the survey – it is sad that not much has changed.
Dear Director of Development,
I am writing to give you some feedback on your work to date. I review the budget regularly and noticed 5%-10% increases in individual, corporate and foundation giving. But given what we pay you, I really expected better results.
I am writing to ask for support beyond your time and talent. It is important that every Board member contribute financially to our organization. This is essential for a number of reasons. As leaders, we need to set the pace and example for others to follow. Our fundraising staff needs to show corporate and foundation donors we, as a Board, are supporting the organization work fully.