November 1, 2021

What nonprofits say vs what they mean

Where's the lie in it though?

2 min read

1.

What they say: “The community-level data you asked for is ready; we will compile it and send it across to you first thing tomorrow morning.”

What they mean: We will now be making frantic calls to our field assistant, so that we can get the data by 8 PM, after which the programme head will spend the night compiling it.

2.

What they say: “We follow a five-year business plan.”

What they mean: The goals outlined in that business plan are likely to change every quarter.

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3.

What they say: “We have an exit strategy ready.”

What they mean: We just don’t know when the exit will happen.

4.

What they say: “All you have to do is sign the contract for now, we will start the project even if the fund disbursement is delayed.”

What they mean: All we have to do is delay the entire team’s paycheques.

5.

What they say: “We have adequate resources on our team, in case the programme head is unavailable.”

What they mean: Our CEO is the standby resource for all projects.

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Sumathy Krishnan

Sumathy Krishnan is the executive director at a Bangalore based nonprofit, Technology Informatics Design Endeavour (TIDE). She wishes that fundraising should not be more complicated than the problems we use it to solve. She can be reached at ksumathykrishnan@gmail.com.

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