August 19, 2012

Read of Monday, August 13, “Down with Fundraising Nonsense.” Roger Craver and Tom Belford, the agitators, propose this audit as a strategy to identify (and then eliminate!) those “huge, non-productive, expensive time-wasters and complexities that add little value, but serve as enormous barriers to change and forward movement.” Tom and Roger also remind this that everyone in the organization is usually complicit in such time-wasters.

So here are some of the items on the No Nonsense audit checklist. Read them all – in glorious detail – at

Rule #1. If you can’t measure it, then by definition it’s Nonsense and you should eliminate it.

Rule #2: Even if you can measure it, if it’s so frighteningly or expensively complex so as to not be easily put into your plans and programs, you should eiminate it.

Rule #3: “Time” is king…And there’s lots of detail about various nonsense categories like meetings and copy and spreadsheets… Read it all!

P.S. I think this Nonsense Audit works for everything we do, not just fundraising!

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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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