Lessons for Philanthropist #8

Lesson #8 from Paul Shoemaker of Social Venture Partners:

Lesson #8 – “I have a great idea for a new program that XXX could try for kids. I just want to run it by them”

Whoa! Slow Down! Or more accurately, be very cognizant of what you know and what you don’t know.

Be sure your suggestions are within your expertise, relevant experiences and interactions with nonprofits.  Given the range of pressures a non-profit faces from a myriad of funding sources, they have “big ears” and sometimes listen to and even act upon a lot of suggestions and “ideas.” Just be mindful of that.