Last week I had another (in a long string) situation where I felt like a number, a stat, a cog… I admit I ranted the other week about how donors are not to be ignored, forgotten and taken for granted. This little video is about how business’s (especially banks) have just about completely forgotten who they need to keep making their billion dollar profits every week – us. (my apologies for those friends of mine who feared for my safety – no more rants in a driving car – i promise.)
On the heels of that, there was an article in today’s paper by Jeff Groenewald, Director of Development for Listen Up TV about how donor’s shouldn’t allow themselves to be an ATM for charity. Now, some of his points were valid – like taking some time to research who you give to, what they do with your donations, who sits on a board (do they even have a board?) – but I for one would never, ever blame a donor for caring and being moved by a cause. Part of his argument is – is the charity even a registered charity? How many non profits are out there, that we all know of who either can’t be a registered charity because they are too small or cannot due to the nature of their cause (think Greenpeace)? The article subhead is “Do your homework and don’t fall for insincere sad stories”. Hmmm. Leaves a bad taste in my mouth.
Have a read for yourself and would love to hear your thoughts.