I needed a job. There may be a few people out there who can relate to that. My good friend and cohort Deborah Peeples said to me, “Let’s go be consultants to nonprofits.” Sounded good to me; I’d always enjoyed telling people what to do. So we created Funding Resources. Two years and 10 clients later, Deborah moved back to Washington, D.C., leaving me to carry on the Funding Resources tradition-in-progress. I think she knew I would do that; I was hooked from day one.
That was over 20 years ago. Today Funding Resources, now PartnersWithNonprofits.Org, has helped clients across the country raise more than a little money, create strategic plans, build and maintain good boards, hire some good people and more. Along the way I have learned as much (or more) as my clients and with this blog I want to share some of that with you.
(Hopefully) once a week I will write a column sharing experiences and what they have taught me, passing along tips and timely information from organizations that help nonprofits, busting philanthropy myths that hold us back as organizations, and attempting to put into perspective what it means to be a nonprofit today.
Next week: Busting a Myth: “Black Folks Don't Give.” This has been floating around in my head for several months; someone used it as a reason not to contact a potential donor to a client organization. It’s time to dispel this myth. Stay tuned.