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…Nonprofits Are From Venus..

October 29, 2014 No Comments 16

In my last post, I shared four things that donors—who I prefer to call “partners”— wish they could say to nonprofit organizations. I wrote that partners want to be educated, that they can handle bad news, that they value partnership, and that a simple thank you can go a long way. Today I want to flip things around and consider the partner-nonprofit relationship from the nonprofit leader’s point of view. So without further ado, here are four pieces of advice that nonprofit organizations would give to partners: 1. We cannot be all things to all people. Every day, we are pulled and tugged with proposals and expansion opportunities. We earnestly consider the opportunities that are presented, but we cannot pursue every idea. Resources are limited, but more importantly, we need to stay focused on the mission and vision of our work. This is not to say that your idea does not have merit, but simply that we’re not the organization to see it come to fruition. 2. Meaningful accountability is not cheap. We join you in wishing that every dollar we receive could go straight towards our “boots on the ground” program. But if we really expounded on that thought, we would quickly realize our folly. Without audits, accountants, board meetings, and gifted administrators, our well-intended efforts would turn into chaos. When we value accountability, we are saying that we not only want to care for our community, but we want to do it with excellence. If you hear that your favorite nonprofit used a Groupon for their annual audit… well, that might not be a good thing. 3. Become a “grocery list” partner. Driving to the grocery store without a plan is a disaster in the making. You’ll come home with a bunch of food, but none of the ingredients you need to...

In my last post, I shared four things that donors—who I prefer to call “partners”— wish they could say to nonprofit organizations. I wrote that partners want to be educated, that they can handle bad news, that they value partnership, and that a simple thank you can go a long way. Today I want to flip things around and consider the partner-nonprofit relationship from the nonprofit leader’s point of view. So without further ado, here are four pieces of advice that nonprofit organizations would give to partners: 1. We cannot be all things to all people. Every day, we are pulled and tugged with proposals and expansion opportunities. We earnestly consider the opportunities that are presented, but we cannot pursue every idea. Resources are limited, but more importantly, we need to stay focused on the mission and vision of our work. This is not to say that your idea does not have merit, but simply that we’re not the organization to see it come to fruition. 2. Meaningful accountability is not cheap. We join you in wishing that every dollar we receive could go straight towards our “boots on the ground” program. But if we really expounded on that thought, we would quickly...

In my last post, I shared four things that donors—who I prefer to call “partners”— wish they could say to nonprofit organizations. I wrote that partners want to be educated, that they can handle bad news, that they value partnership, and that a simple thank you can go a long way. Today I want to flip things around and consider the partner-nonprofit relationship from the nonprofit leader’s point of view. So without further ado, here are four pieces of advice that nonprofit organizations would give to partners: 1. We cannot be all things to all people. Every day, we are pulled and...

In my last post, I shared four things that donors—who I prefer to call “partners”— wish they could say to nonprofit organizations. I wrote that partners want to be educated, that they can handle bad news, that they value partnership, and that a simple thank you can go a long...

In my last post, I shared four things that donors—who I prefer to call “partners”— wish they could say to nonprofit organizations. I wrote that...

In my last post, I shared four things that donors—who I prefer to call “partners”— wish they could say to nonprofit organizations. I wrote that partners want to be educated, that they can handle bad news, that they value partnership, and that a simple thank you can go a long way. Today I want to flip things around and consider the partner-nonprofit relationship from the nonprofit leader’s point of view. So without further ado, here are four pieces of advice that nonprofit organizations would give to partners: 1. We cannot be all things to all people. Every day, we are pulled and...

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Donors Are From Mars…..

October 28, 2014 1 Comment 26

I should start with a disclaimer: I’ve never actually read the famous relationship guide Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus. However, I’ve had enough conversations about the book to understand the main point: there are things that men and women do not understand about each other, and these challenges can create tension in the midst of relationships. While the donor and nonprofit relationship is not nearly as foundational as the struggle between genders, it is still rife with the same kinds of misunderstanding and confusion. At one level, there is a great desire to partner together in order to make something incredible happen in our community. However, in the very next moment, we are struggling to communicate and we grow frustrated with each other. As someone who has worked for three different nonprofit organizations over the past 14 years, I understand the challenges that organizations face as they passionately pursue their mission and vision. My wife and I frequently wear the donor hat as well. But I don’t really like the word “donor,” so from now on, we’ll use the term “partner.” We give financially and participate regularly with several nonprofit organizations and we love being involved in what they are doing in the Valley and around the globe. I can recall on multiple occasions asking the same question both of partners and the organizations that we partner with: “What the heck are they thinking?” And you know what? I’m sure others have thought the same of me! But frustration should not cause us to throw in the towel and ignore the frailties of our community and world. We should not allow misunderstandings to force us into apathy and division. Rather, we should strive to bridge the communication gaps between partners and nonprofits. This topic is far too big to be fully unpacked...

I should start with a disclaimer: I’ve never actually read the famous relationship guide Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus. However, I’ve had enough conversations about the book to understand the main point: there are things that men and women do not understand about each other, and these challenges can create tension in the midst of relationships. While the donor and nonprofit relationship is not nearly as foundational as the struggle between genders, it is still rife with the same kinds of misunderstanding and confusion. At one level, there is a great desire to partner together in order to make something incredible happen in our community. However, in the very next moment, we are struggling to communicate and we grow frustrated with each other. As someone who has worked for three different nonprofit organizations over the past 14 years, I understand the challenges that organizations face as they passionately pursue their mission and vision. My wife and I frequently wear the donor hat as well. But I don’t really like the word “donor,” so from now on, we’ll use the term “partner.” We give financially and participate regularly with several nonprofit organizations and we love being involved in what they...

I should start with a disclaimer: I’ve never actually read the famous relationship guide Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus. However, I’ve had enough conversations about the book to understand the main point: there are things that men and women do not understand about each other, and these challenges can create tension in the midst of relationships. While the donor and nonprofit relationship is not nearly as foundational as the struggle between genders, it is still rife with the same kinds of misunderstanding and confusion. At one level, there is a great desire to partner together in order to...

I should start with a disclaimer: I’ve never actually read the famous relationship guide Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus. However, I’ve had enough conversations about the book to understand the main point: there are things that men and women do not understand about each other, and these...

I should start with a disclaimer: I’ve never actually read the famous relationship guide Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus. However, I’ve had...

I should start with a disclaimer: I’ve never actually read the famous relationship guide Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus. However, I’ve had enough conversations about the book to understand the main point: there are things that men and women do not understand about each other, and these challenges can create tension in the midst of relationships. While the donor and nonprofit relationship is not nearly as foundational as the struggle between genders, it is still rife with the same kinds of misunderstanding and confusion. At one level, there is a great desire to partner together in order to...

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6 Tips for Thriving in Arizona this Summer..

July 29, 2014 No Comments 29

The rates at chic Scottsdale resorts start to fall out of the stratosphere. Our friends from Canada and the Midwest disappear. You can golf at world-class courses for less than the cost of a meal at Chipotle. You start to hyperventilate when your electric bill arrives. Yes folks, it is summertime in Phoenix. The only happycampers are liberated school children and families who are actually “camping” in Hart’s Prairie or the beautiful White Mountains. For many Phoenicians, summer is about endurance. Suffering from heat exhaustion, we stare at the calendar, hoping that winter will come soon. We know that when January comes, the Valley temperatures will be the envy of the nation. I’m not here to argue that Phoenix isn’t hot. But I am going to propose six strategies for enjoying—not just surviving—summer in the Valley. Here we go: 1. Take a lesson from the Spaniards. Enjoying a late afternoon siesta, people in Spain re-emerge on the streets in the late evening for food, festivities, and community. Muy inteligente? I think so! This adjusted life-schedule could easily revolutionize the rest of your summer. Your late afternoon nap will give you the rest you need to enjoy the cooler evening hours. What to do with newly acquired evening energy? Perhaps you could enjoy a night hike, go bowling, or have a fierce water balloon fight with friends in your backyard! 2. Refuse the temptation of heat “isolation.” If you’re not careful, the toasty Phoenix weather can turn even a socialite into a homebound hermit. Whether on foot, driving, or on mass transit, traveling around the valley in August to meet up with friends can be a sweaty endeavor. However, don’t let this be your excuse to spend your entire weekends alone binging on Netflix. Resign yourself to the warmth and make plans to be out with...

The rates at chic Scottsdale resorts start to fall out of the stratosphere. Our friends from Canada and the Midwest disappear. You can golf at world-class courses for less than the cost of a meal at Chipotle. You start to hyperventilate when your electric bill arrives. Yes folks, it is summertime in Phoenix. The only happycampers are liberated school children and families who are actually “camping” in Hart’s Prairie or the beautiful White Mountains. For many Phoenicians, summer is about endurance. Suffering from heat exhaustion, we stare at the calendar, hoping that winter will come soon. We know that when January comes, the Valley temperatures will be the envy of the nation. I’m not here to argue that Phoenix isn’t hot. But I am going to propose six strategies for enjoying—not just surviving—summer in the Valley. Here we go: 1. Take a lesson from the Spaniards. Enjoying a late afternoon siesta, people in Spain re-emerge on the streets in the late evening for food, festivities, and community. Muy inteligente? I think so! This adjusted life-schedule could easily revolutionize the rest of your summer. Your late afternoon nap will give you the rest you need to enjoy the cooler evening hours. What to do with...

The rates at chic Scottsdale resorts start to fall out of the stratosphere. Our friends from Canada and the Midwest disappear. You can golf at world-class courses for less than the cost of a meal at Chipotle. You start to hyperventilate when your electric bill arrives. Yes folks, it is summertime in Phoenix. The only happycampers are liberated school children and families who are actually “camping” in Hart’s Prairie or the beautiful White Mountains. For many Phoenicians, summer is about endurance. Suffering from heat exhaustion, we stare at the calendar, hoping that winter will come soon. We know that when January comes,...

The rates at chic Scottsdale resorts start to fall out of the stratosphere. Our friends from Canada and the Midwest disappear. You can golf at world-class courses for less than the cost of a meal at Chipotle. You start to hyperventilate when your electric bill arrives. Yes folks, it is summertime...

The rates at chic Scottsdale resorts start to fall out of the stratosphere. Our friends from Canada and the Midwest disappear. You can golf at...

The rates at chic Scottsdale resorts start to fall out of the stratosphere. Our friends from Canada and the Midwest disappear. You can golf at world-class courses for less than the cost of a meal at Chipotle. You start to hyperventilate when your electric bill arrives. Yes folks, it is summertime in Phoenix. The only happycampers are liberated school children and families who are actually “camping” in Hart’s Prairie or the beautiful White Mountains. For many Phoenicians, summer is about endurance. Suffering from heat exhaustion, we stare at the calendar, hoping that winter will come soon. We know that when January comes,...

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