August 21, 2010

Of course your organization should invest most of its resources – human and financial and everything else – in your mission and its impact. But, insufficient investment in infrastructure (everything else) starves your organization.

Everything else…infrastructure… Things like a living wage for your staff and good enough salaries to recruit and retain the best and brightest. Things like decent technology (and email and a website and a photocopier and….) Infrastructure includes professional development for staff and a decent fund development program that includes donor-centered relationship building.

There’s no pride in underfunding infrastructure. There’s no pride in starving the support systems that enable you to do quality program. Shame on all the nonprofits / NGOs — and their boards and staff — who think this is okay. Shame on the government agencies and funding sources and evaluators who think this is okay. Shame shame shame.

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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