February 22, 2018

For Lent and Forever: Give up the Poor-Us-Mentality

Couple laying on floor with moving boxes all around themOne of our all-time fabulous purchases was from a yard sale. It was a vast oriental rug (240 knots per square inch) that fit the living room in our new home. It cost $500 with the mat. Later, we had it appraised for $8,000.

Over the 20 years we owned it, we paid more to insure it than it cost. When we bought a new house, the rug wouldn’t fit in any of the rooms. We visited a local rug dealer asking for a trade-in. He suggested we donate it.

The dealer runs a for-profit. He wasn’t in the position to offer us a tax deduction, but you, dear nonprofit leader, can.

Before you bemoan the challenges you face as a nonprofit, remember the benefits that come with it.

Claim them.

Leverage them.

Be strong.

Karen Eber Davis

Karen Eber Davis provides customized advising and coaching around nonprofit strategy and board development. People leaders hire her to bring clarity to sticky situations, break through barriers that seem insurmountable, and align people for better futures. She is the author of 7 Nonprofit Income Streams and Let's Raise Nonprofit Millions Together.


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