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Free Pass

Do nonprofits give their donors a little too much credit?

I’m not asking if nonprofits give their donors too much recognition. It’s fine to carve donors’ names into bricks, put their names on theater seats, or affix their names onto laboratory buildings. It’s great to honor them at gala dinners and list them in annual reports. I support all of that. Donors deserve the attention, and to provide it is wise stewardship on the part of nonprofits.

What I’m asking is whether nonprofits defer too much to donors in discussing how their gifts should be used.

Here’s what I mean: Continue reading

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A More Powerful Kind of Legacy

My friend Susan is a fan of my blog and usually sends a note to say that she agreed with what I wrote that week. But not when she read my post, “An Approach to Funding That Might Actually Work.”

“What’s your big problem with perpetual endowments?” she asked. “I don’t have kids, and I want to leave my mark in the world. I really like the idea of creating a fund with my name on it that will work forever for a cause I care about.”

Susan, a wonderful woman and an active environmentalist, in this case is being very traditional. And she’s not alone. Nearly every time I question the assumption that permanent endowments are a godsend for each and every nonprofit, people respond with shock. But question it I do. Continue reading

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