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,…

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…

I just got a call…

I just got a call. And here you are reading my blog about it. You’re going to hear my venting. But if you can hang on through the rage, you’ll also hopefully think about how you talk to your donors/communities of supporters. Phone rings. Me: “hello?” Pause. Clicking. Some kind of murmuring. Me: “hello!?” Murmur…

Mad as hell

The Canadian charitable sector has been a buzz for the past week by CBC’s report about fundraisers spending excessive amounts of coin on – GASP – professional fundraisers. As you probably know, AFP, Imagine Canada, Agents of Good, and – well heck – almost EVERYONE, has written a post or letter explaining why CBC’s shoddy…