MemberAugust 12, 2022 at 2:59 pm
Your story is an example of a provocative statement I make in training sessions. If you want to damage a nonprofit (especially a religious congregation), there’s nothing more effective than a windfall donation!
There are those who say that sudden wealth doesn’t change one’s character, but it reveals one’s character.
I’m also reminded of the Mark Twain observation that it’s the *lack of* money that’s the root of all evil.
I agree that referring to the nonprofit’s current strategic plan (with special emphasis on mission, vision, and values) is essential. I also recommend that the funds be held for several months to a year while the shock of the gift wears off and decisions about using the money can be made after deliberation by members and leaders (and often after consulting external stakeholders).