Ignorance for Non-Profits and Agencies seeking funding and striving to maintain funding is nowhere near bliss. An Officer will tell you as he gives you a speeding ticket even when you claimed you did not see the speed limit sign, “Ignorance is no excuse for breaking the law.” Ignorance is also no excuse for underperforming when seeking funding or reporting to Funders. Here are some points of advice to help you avoid ignorance.
Ignorance about Funders and your own Program or Project is dangerous and usually results in cost:
Because lack of information and understanding can be embarrassing and costly, before you even seek funding you need to know:
Without all the ingredients a cake will fall flat or lack taste. You wouldn’t start to bake a cake without all the ingredients, would you? Everyone has done it and suffered the consequences of an aborted bake, emergency trip to the store or failed attempt to substitute.
Which comes first, the chicken or the egg? The funds or the program/project?
An undeveloped or underdeveloped project/program/organization will not get funding – at least not sustained funding. It is getting harder and harder to get funding, even initial funding, because of the competition and because funders have been burned. Even if you are seeking funding to develop a program you still have to completely flesh out the “project to develop the program”. So fully develop the project/program/mission before you seek funding!