Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Non-Profit Management Secrets Revealed!

I recently asked our board members to be honest with me, then I asked them this question (stolen from Seth Godin):

When people talk about Community Partners of Dallas, what do they say?

Scary, huh?

Thankfully, I didn't hear anything bad (of course, maybe the board members were just sparing my feelings -- but they know that I'm tough enough to take it) -- lots of people mentioned our mission and helping abused and neglected children, our events (Chick Lit Luncheon and Change is Good), our auxiliaries (The Partnership, yCPD and THANKs), and our volunteer activities, but the thing that was mentioned over and over was that Community Partners of Dallas was thought to be well-run.

You might imagine that I liked that response since I know that this is a big part of my job as CEO.

So, for the next few weeks, I am going to let you in on all of my non-profit management secrets.  I'm even going to post more than once a week, so get ready.

Secret 1 is...

Do All You Can To Help Other Non-Profits Succeed

With me there really are no secrets and I think most members of the non-profit community feel this way.  I really will help other non-profits with advice to succeed, even though you may think that isn't too smart.

If I help someone to learn how to raise more money, doesn't that mean there's less for CPD?

I don't believe that.  If your cause is compelling and you can tell your story, there are enough generous people in Dallas for both of us.

And I promise that what you put out there will come back to you.  More tomorrow...


  1. Sound advice from someone I respect, admire and want to see more!
    John S. Shore, Shore Public Relations

    1. Thank you, John! I agree -- perhaps a drink soon?