March 4, 2010

Should every day be tough love day? Probably not.

Some days should be for whining. Some days for celebration. Some days are just getting by days.

But tough love day has to happen, too. That’s when you face the truth, the harsh truth, if harsh it is. Tough love day is when you stop whining, quit complaining, and figure out if you can do what it takes to produce a decent organization.

If you cannot do the minimum required…. the minimum required for quality service, the minimum required for quality corporate governance, the minimum required for quality professional development, the mimimum required for quality fund development….

Then you should close. Your clients and board members and staff and donors deserve some level of quality. None of them is more important than the other.

On tough love day, face this: If you cannot do the minimum required for good fund development — and you need donors to exist — then close.

You wouldn’t operate poor quality services would you? Then why would you do poor quality fund development? Quit whining. Why should donors stick around if you do fund development really poorly? Your organization isn’t entitled to donors and contributions. You earn them.


Filed under: Nonprofit Management

About Simone Joyaux

A consultant specializing in fund development, strategic planning, and board development, Simone P. Joyaux works with all types and sizes of nonprofits, speaks at conferences worldwide, and teaches in the graduate program for philanthropy at Saint Mary’s University, MN. Her books, Keep Your Donors and Strategic Fund Development, are standards in the field.

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