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 Consulting guides executive directors and CEOs to generate the resources, boards, and support they need to make remarkable progress on their missions. As the award-winning thought-leader, advisor, and founding principal of Karen Eber Davis Consulting, Karen helps nonprofit leaders get answers, generate revenue, and grow their mission. Davis is known for her innovation and practicality based on her work with or visits to over 1,000 nonprofit organizations and her experience leading board and team events. She is the author of 7 Nonprofit Income Streams and Let's Raise Nonprofit Millions Together.