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One course I took was in fundraising. It was taught by the fundraising director of YAI, an organization that helps adults with autism. There were two points that I think are applicable:
2. The directors of a non-profit should be the people who love the organization the most, the ones who feel most passionate about it. They do not have to be donors. I donor who loves the organization the way it is will not to feel the need to be on the board. Expertise (in something other than the organization's mission) can always be found for pay
Another course I took was in the finance of colleges, which was taught by one of the financial directors of CUNY.
He said that not every donation has to be accepted. Donations with unwanted strings attached should be returned. A worthy institution can get donations without unwanted strings attached.
A also worked in the grants office, and I think I
1. Grants are heavily regulated.
3. People don't understand how academic grants work.
4. With few exceptions, only the a 501(c)(3) organization may receive a research grant.
5. Non-profit colleges are 501(c)(3) entities.
7. Some foundations do give grants to individuals, such as scholarships, fellowships and emergency welfare grants. These grants are heavily regulated in that the grantmaker must prove that the grants are given on fixed criteria rather than personal connections. The criteria may not be tailored for a specific recipient.