The Truly Transparent Nonprofit is Born

Hildy Gottleib’s work is always all kinds of interesting. We may hail from different neighborhoods of the fundraising universe in terms of our metaphysics and attendant terminology.

But we often end up in surprisingly close proximity in terms of the practices we recommend.

Like maximum, sheer, unadulterated transparency.

I’ve long said that development is something you do with donors, not to them. So I’ve been watching appreciatively as Hildy builds her brand new nonprofit organization totally in public, every seam showing.

It makes for fascinating reading.

Because Creating the Future’s values are rooted in The Pollyanna Principles, we know that authentic engagement requires authentic transparency. We have therefore chosen to make all this organization’s major decisions by transparently engaging discussion.

We are building our board openly, on line at Hildy’s blog (you’ll find some of that discussion here Click ).

We are openly sharing every aspect of our fundraising – sharing our strategy, our target audiences, our progress (beginning here Click ).

We have posted our short-term interim budget as well as a video sharing our plans and goals (that’s here Click ).

Transparent engagement is being built into Creating the Future’s bylaws (we talk about that here Click ).

As I say, the terminology and founding principles Hildy lays out in her book won’t ever be mistaken for The Whole Life Offering Ten, but our practices are certainly complimentary.

I’d love to beat her to the punch with an online Bylaws Wiki. In the mean time, I hope you’ll join me in adding her blog to your RSS feed so we can keep up on the transparent cutting edge of nonprofitdom that’s in full view at Hildy’s new org, Creating the Future.

Best of luck, Hildy. We’ll be watching.

About Pastor Foley

The Reverend Dr. Eric Foley is CEO and Co-Founder, with his wife Dr. Hyun Sook Foley, of Voice of the Martyrs Korea, supporting the work of persecuted Christians in North Korea and around the world and spreading their discipleship practices worldwide. He is the former International Ambassador for the International Christian Association, the global fellowship of Voice of the Martyrs sister ministries. Pastor Foley is a much sought after speaker, analyst, and project consultant on the North Korean underground church, North Korean defectors, and underground church discipleship. He and Dr. Foley oversee a far-flung staff across Asia that is working to help North Koreans and Christians everywhere grow to fullness in Christ. He earned the Doctor of Management at Case Western Reserve University's Weatherhead School of Management in Cleveland, Ohio.
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