Recovering from a haiku snafu and a lifetime of lousy mission statements

I don’t recall what inspired me to sum up the board meeting in haiku verse, but the puzzled (okay, shocked) look on faces around the table left little doubt that doing so wasn’t a good idea. Needless to say, I’ve not attempted a repeat performance nor do I include haiku in my list of recommended […]

Ask, and a helpful mission statement will be given you.

At the moment, I’m up to my eyeballs in policy work for the board that I chair. A trio of us are slogging away on ends policies – those few pithy statements that, in the words of John Carver (our governance guru), proclaim the differences the organization makes, for which beneficiaries, and at what cost. […]

Say it in a tweet: Summing up your organization in 140 characters or less

With all due respect to Mr. Otis, the elevator speech, that time-honored staple of the fundraising world, has lost some of its zip. In today’s fast-paced, digital world, it’s no longer enough to describe and sell your organization’s mission, programs, and prospects in 30-seconds to a minute. Now you need to do it in 140 […]