[Foundation-l] Update of Foundation organization

George Herbert george.herbert at gmail.com
Mon Mar 5 21:37:02 UTC 2007

On 3/5/07, Gregory Maxwell <gmaxwell at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 3/5/07, Oldak Quill <oldakquill at gmail.com> wrote:
> [snip]
> > I wanted to bring this up because, as a charity with limited
> > resources,
> [snip]
> Perhaps "a charity with limited resources" is the wrong mindset to an
> extent. "A charity which is not yet effective at bringing in
> supporting funding given its exposure" is probably a lot more
> accurate.
> It's true that all charities need to be wise with their spending, but
> the same is also true of virtually all businesses.  I like to think of
> our position as unusually 'poor' to be more of a temporary situation
> which we should be attempting to cure.   Once past that hump we can
> stop letting "how can we best save money" get in the way of "how can
> we best perform our mission" in the situations where those two goals
> diverge.
> I welcome off-list data on the viewer/donation and fund drive take
> rate ratios of other NPOs. :)

Good points.  In business, one is usually held to account for
overspending available funds.

But it's not well understood that in many cases, it's just as
important to spend money and get things done, and underspending is
more dangerous than over.

-george william herbert
george.herbert at gmail.com

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