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...

Perfection Paralysis

There’s a famous proverb attributed to Voltaire: “Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good.” I get the feeling Voltaire may have spent some time hanging around nonprofit boards. Here’s the scene: It’s a nonprofit board meeting, and the discussion is about the...