Status is onlineRobert Grabel
Nonprofit Leadership Coach and Consultant
106 articlesFundraising is tough. I know I’m not the only one to write those words. There are countless books out there offering magic formulas and secret sauces that will make the dollars come cascading in like a never ending waterfall. Can’t you just picture that? Come on - let’s take a second and picture that…
OK back to reality. Fundraising is tough. But in my experience there’s something even tougher than growing a fundraising program. And that’s Launching A Fundraising Program. There are multiple paths ranging from the seemingly easy route (i.e. let’s hire a superstar and their rolodex) to organizations that take a thoughtful and intentional approach to putting the proper building blocks in place. If you’re in the former category, I hope I can stop you in your tracks. If you’re in the latter group, congrats and be sure to pass on these options:
I was recently coaching an individual who had an incredible experience. While visiting a friend at an out of town hospital, she saw an amazing arts program and its impact on the patients. She was inspired, eager to launch a similar program in a local hospital and wanted my thoughts on how soon she should get her 501c-3. I’m always in awe of individuals with such passion, courage and conviction. At the same time, having gone through the experience myself several years ago, I knew there might be a step or two in-between. Fortunately, she was well-grounded and we agreed there were just a few other things to do before forging on to her IRS designation.
The moment we are hit with an inspired idea is priceless. At the same time, we need to be forward thinking about how we put it into action. As such, here are 5 of the most common mistakes to avoid when launching a social endeavour. I’ve also offered solutions and hope you find them helpful:
I hope avoiding the above will get you off to a good start. If you want to hear about a few other things to avoid or I can help, please let me know.
Robert Grabel is the President of Nonprofit Now! You can find his posts here and at www.robertgrabel.com
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