If you’re serious about raising money for your nonprofit, there are times when you MUST say No.

Your priority is building relationships with your donors and nothing else.

If you’re working toward fully funding your nonprofit, you need to say No to things like:

  • Serving on committees or Boards outside of your nonprofit
  • Serving on non-fundraising committees
  • Volunteering for other organizations
  • Being a class Mom for your child’s classroom
  • Running extensive errands during the day
  • Anything else that takes up your time during the business day

Once you get your fundraising activities running smoothly and generating the funding your organization needs, then you can start adding these activities back in.

I know this may sound a little harsh, but think about it: how serious are you about raising money? Are you willing to do whatever it takes?

Clearing your schedule of nonprofit tasks for a while will give you the space and energy to focus on fundraising and donor relationships.


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  1. What about work/life balance? Having volunteer work or hobbies or family time outside of work increases productivity and is a healthy approach to life.

    • YES! Personal balance is critical to your happiness and effectiveness. I have a couple of hobbies that I indulge in almost daily. If I don’t, I get cranky!


  2. I agree that one shouldn’t assist with other nonprofits fundraising or other committees but do wonder about serving as a class mom or taking care of your self. I believe in working hard for a nonprofit, but after my own experiences with burnout and fatigue, I encourage my clients to stay connected to family and other activities that bring them joy. I agree with Karen – work life balance is critical.

    • I totally agree that work-life balance is important. Taking care of yourself is critical. But some people spend way too much time out of the office doing things they shouldn’t be doing and then wonder why they aren’t raising enough money.


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