A friend of mine, a charity CEO, called me after she read my last post Be A Donor-Doer. “Have you totally lost it” she asked? “The last thing I want is big donors nosing into the tent and telling me how to run things. They may mean well but they carry a big stick.”
It is true that not every donor knows or observe boundaries. A person who has been eminently successful in business and who’s accustomed to running things is not always a person who can or will pull back. Major benefactors invest both their egos and their money in their philanthropy.
FFM/C’s role is to bring both the donor and the grantee to a good space; to assure each that the common goal is to enhance the charity’s work and the donor’s sense of accomplishment.
Haven’t lost it yet – but I’ll be very happy to see the back of winter!