Posts filed under ‘Letters’

An Open Letter to Managers of Women by Jason Shen


Despite this woman’s outstanding contributions, you haven’t promoted her or given her a raise. It’s not fair and you know it.

Maybe you think she has to wait her turn, or brush up on her soft skills and work better with others, or that she simply needs more experience. But all of those things also applied to the many talented men who have rapidly advanced through the ranks of your organisation. They had somehow not been beholden to the same constraints of “promotions are given every three years” or “but what if so-and-so gets upset that they didn’t get a raise too?”

Continue Reading 23/08/2016 at 22:33 Leave a comment

An Open Letter to the Board of Directors


It was nice of you to quickly approve our 2010 budget and my fundraising plan. I thought when you approved it you understood you have some responsibility in our success (and failure.) In case you didn’t notice, the budget calls for the Board to raise 10% of our income. My fundraising plan offers many opportunities for you to participate and I am here to help lead and support your efforts.

Continue Reading 04/12/2015 at 10:15 4 comments

An Open Letter to Our Director of Development


We were really excited when we hired you. Mostly because we knew you would do all the fundraising. We thought having a full-time fundraiser on staff would mean we would instantly raise more money. We expected, with your skills, our fundraising events and letters would be more successful than before.

Continue Reading 03/12/2015 at 09:55 2 comments

An Open Letter from a Nonprofit Executive Director


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.

Continue Reading 06/11/2015 at 09:30 7 comments

Letter from the President of the Board


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.

Continue Reading 04/11/2015 at 11:00 Leave a comment

An Open Letter from a Corporate Partner


While we were unable to continue our financial partnership with you, we were surprised not to hear from you since the day we declined to return as a sponsor. We know you are busy, but were hoping you would have kept us informed of your work during these challenging times.

Continue Reading 09/10/2015 at 10:00 4 comments

From a Donor Regarding Your Thank You Letters


A donors take on your thank you letter process.

Continue Reading 06/10/2015 at 10:12 Leave a comment

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