March 29, 2021

Lucille Bluth as everyone you know in social impact

Jessica Walter, who plays Lucille Bluth in Arrested Development, passed away last Thursday. We imagined her famous one-liners playing out in the social sector.

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1. The one panelist who insists on telling their organisation’s story, regardless of what the question is:

Lucile Bluth saying 'I don't understand the question and I won't respond it it'-Lucille Bluth
GIF courtesy: GIPHY

2. Two competing consulting firms describing each other:

Lucile Bluth saying 'Everything they do is dramatic and flamboyant. It just makes me want to set myself on fire'-Lucille Bluth
GIF courtesy: GIPHY

3. Corporate crossovers when you’re trying to explain why your nonprofit doesn’t have a commercial espresso machine in the pantry:

Lucile Bluth saying 'I mean, it's one banana, Michael. What could it cost? 10 dollars?'-Lucille Bluth
GIF courtesy: GIPHY

4. Your head of research when you ask them why every organisation has published a report on the same theme as yours, and they’re all getting released this year:

Lucile Bluth saying ' Mine was better'-Lucille Bluth
GIF courtesy: GIPHY

5. Your CSR funder when you tell them it’s not possible to raise school enrollments for an entire district in one year:

Lucile Bluth saying 'You're my third least favourite child'-Lucille Bluth
GIF courtesy: GIPHY

6. The head of fundraising when you give them a PPT that is less than 40 slides and has a font size above 10

Lucile Bluth saying 'Take it back!'-Lucille Bluth
GIF courtesy: GIPHY

7. A philanthropist who is being pitched organisations working with human rights activists:

Lucile Bluth saying 'I don't know who that is, and I don't care to find out'-Lucille Bluth
GIF courtesy: BuzzFeed

8. Every Executive Director the morning after the week-long conference they were organising ends:

Lesli Walter saying 'get me a vodka on the rocks' Man tells her 'Mom, it's breakfast'. She replies 'and a piece of a toast'-Lucille Bluth
GIF courtesy: BuzzFeed
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