Waiting. And Waiting.

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 choices. The first option is for the firefighters to do all that they can, now, to save...

Accretion Happens

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 years ago you had a board member – now long passed from the scene – who loved to golf, and...

Naming the Number

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 donor and close friend named Bill. I explained the need, and I noted that the building was to be named after a...

Income Inequality: The Nonprofit Edition

Who here is old enough to remember the William Aramony scandal? In 1991, Aramony, the head of what was then called United Way of America, was found to be having a series of affairs, culminating with a long-term liaison with a girl who was 17 years old (Aramony was 59)...