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I read an awful lot of grant proposals in the course of my volunteer service. While I love reading them, one thought keeps bubbling up during the review process.

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The end of 2012 is very significant for many small non-profit organizations. Why? Because once December 31st rolls around, their chance to get their non-profit status back at a reduced price will be gone.

 

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I cringe when I read news stories or Facebook posts from local nonprofits about the success of their 50/50 raffle (tickets are sold, the organization keeps 50% of the money and the winner gets 50% of the money). You might ask why that bothers me.  After all, aren’t 50/50 raffles a great fundraiser? 

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Would you ever utter that phrase? I never thought I would hear it from anyone. And then, today, there it was. Spoken out in the open, hanging in the air, a big fat sigh of relief associated with this rejection.

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Most nonprofit organizations rely on volunteer power to some extent. I have been very privileged to work with a lot of motivated, skilled volunteers. But sometimes those volunteers come in with great intentions; they show up, do what they’re asked to do, and then something goes wrong.   And sometimes, those ‘wrong turns’ add up and can really hurt the organization.

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