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Fair and Square

June 28, 2011

Recently, I hit up a friend for the sponsorship of an upcoming non-profit event, giving him just 3 days to decide whether or not this event would be a good fit for him and his business.  I was very late in my request, and knew my chances of securing this last minute funding were slim.  In the end, he decided to pass, but promised to support the event next year.

Later, when his wife had heard of the sponsorship opportunity, she suggested that in the future, I come directly to her for such requests…she could make things happen.  I knew this, of course, but that’s not how I wanted to play it.  In philanthropy, as in business, we want people to part with their money because we sold the vision and the value; because we earned the right to ask for the order.

Conceptually, the idea of the “good ol’ boys” network is intriguing, but if we’re honest with ourselves, that’s not really how we want to make a living.  Of course we want to win, but not because we have an angle or know what strings to pull.  We want to win because we truly won…fair and square.


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