You’ve sat in that meeting: the one where a member of the board says “if the drug prevention coalition across town can raise $175,000 at their gala, why can’t we?” Unknowingly, what your board member is offering is a benchmark comparison, measuring a peer institution’s performance against yours. Depending on what you want to learn from another organization, different peer institutions might be helpful comparisons.
As you plan your week, ask yourself: which things on your to-do list are going to move the needle, which have to be done but carry no brownie points for doing well? And which should you give as little time and energy as possible? Then, give yourself permission to arrange your time accordingly.
Clean data: It doesn’t sound sexy. Yet, without it, you are wasting time and money. Here are some great reasons to spend some time on your donor database.