To the editor,
Regarding your “Off the air” column [Philanthropy Journal, 12.22.04], thanks so much for yet another excellent piece of advice.
After consulting with nonprofits for nearly three decades, I find that I spend the most time now questioning what I call “the funding tail wagging the organizational dog.”
In their sometimes desperate search for funding, many of my clients are losing sight of the reason they exist.
This sad situation results in the creation of programs having nothing to do with the organization’s mission, board/staff dysjunct, and usually signals decline of the organization.
My advice echoes yours: Stick to your vision.
Toni Sandler, Sandler Consulting, Reno, Nev.