The 10 pillars of great relations between charities and consultants

I shudder when people call us consultants – the word has been dirtied by many of them. Excessive billings, talking down to, ignoring, egotism, over use of buzz words… I kind of dry heave when I hear about some relationships my colleagues have with their charitable clients. Bullying, lack of respect, slow or refusing to pay,…

It starts with a conversation.

At times I feel slightly tired of myself saying over and over, “We don’t know what it will cost to do _______, we need to talk to you about the why’s, the how’s, the who’s, the what if’s and the want’s first… we need to have a conversation.” “What do you mean… con-ver-sa-tion?” “You know……

Time for a break

It’s the middle of July – otherwise known as “the hot and hazy days of summer” here in Ontario. You, our readers, and you, our clients have given us a lot to think about – and work on – in the first half of 2011. Some highlights for us have been: – Creating custom essential…

Not a buzzword

If, and this is a very big if, if I wore a bonnet, I’d have a bee in it. A few weeks ago I asked a question on Linkedin, “Simple question today: when i say “donor centered” – what charity, agency or consultant do you think of ” The results were interesting and insightful and…