May 6, 2012

I’ve said it before; I’ll say it again. You can dislike Picasso’s paintings. You have a right to that personal opinion. But you cannot disagree with art experts who tell us that Picasso is a seminal artist.

Just because you are a board member of some nonprofit does not give you the expertise or authority to use your personal opinion to stop good fundraising. The body of knowledge (based on research, experience, expertise, best practice) is what drives effective fund development.

There are facts. There is evidence. This face-free zone that has become the U.S. is an embarrassment and a danger.

Seth Godin has a great blog (April 9, 2012) talking about opinion. Here’s my suggestion to every competent professional, everyone with expertise: When confronted with a non-expert’s personal opinion, hand out a copy of Seth’s blog.

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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