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The Top 10 Reasons NOT to Have a Fundraising Plan for Nonprofit

A fundraising plan for nonprofit organization is critically important to the success of your nonprofit’s fundraising efforts.

Yet most nonprofits either don’t have a plan or have only part of a plan. Their plan is probably in someone’s head instead of being written down which means it’s constantly in flux with no accountability at all. It’s not a real plan and doesn’t provide the nonprofit any guidance or direction, leaving the staff and volunteers scratching their heads about what to do next or what the road to success looks like.

So, to celebrate those who don’t have a plan and don’t seem to want to change that status, I thought I’d have a little fun here and list for you the Top 10 Reasons NOT to have a fundraising plan for nonprofit (David Letterman style).

Here they are:

10. You like working in crisis mode.  It makes the day more interesting.

9. You think flying-by-the-seat-of-your-pants is somewhere between “coach” and “first class.”

8. If you have a plan, you might lose your membership in “Underachievers Anonymous.”

7. You think “crisis du jour” means soup of the day and you’re hoping it’s broccoli cheese.

6. Being reactive actually forces you to scurry around the office more, and it counts as exercise.

5. If you had a plan you might need to be organized, and you’re afraid of what you might find if you were to clean your office.  Some of those piles of paper have been there a LONG time!

4. You LIKE wandering aimlessly!

3. You have no more space on your bookshelf for the binder containing the plan.  (Isn’t that what we do with plans?)

2. Working a plan would mean being more efficient and you’re not sure what you’d do with all your free time.

And the number 1 reason…

1. If your plan is successful and you raise a lot of money, you might work yourself out of a job!


Which one is your favorite? Click the comment link and let me know.

By | 2019-05-18T03:20:15+00:00 February 4th, 2010|Fundraising planning, Just For Fun|3 Comments

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Sandy shows Founders and leaders of small nonprofits how to fully fund their big vision so they can spend their time changing lives instead of worrying about money. She has helped dozens of small nonprofits go from “nickel-and-dime fundraising” to mastering donor-based fundraising, inspiring their donors to give often and give big.   Learn how to raise the money you need to fund your new nonprofit without begging, doing without, or paying out of your own pocket.   Click here to download our free ebook Fund Your Dream.


  1. Carrie Roberts February 8, 2010 at 12:59 pm - Reply

    Sandy, I love your top 10 list. I truly believe that planning is the achilles heel of lots of nonprofit organizations. I’m offering free training webinars for nonprofits, including one on strategic planning. http://robertsassociates.blogspot.com/2010/02/free-training-resources-for-nonprofits.html Carrie

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