Bootstrapping the non-profit organisation – Playlist

This is the final post in a series applying Seth Godin’s rules of bootstrapping (see also here) to building a non-profit organisation. It’d be tempting to say ‘it’s finished’, but I know I’ll be coming back to these. For now though, here are the 20 installments of Bootstrapping the Non-Profit: Rule 1: Real work for Real Clients First Rule 2: Do it Now Rule 3:…

Bootstrapping the non-profit organisation Rule 9

This is the ninth post in a series applying Seth Godin’s rules of bootstrapping (see also here) to building a non-profit organisation. Rule 9: Become ever more professional Professionals do it right, they make it work, and they don’t take it personally. Seth Godin Of course your non-profit organisation should be professional. You need to:  Show up – be there for the people you seek to…

Bootstrapping the non-profit organisation Rule 8 (bonus episode)

This is the eighth-and-a-quarter post in a series applying Seth Godin’s rules of bootstrapping (see also here) to building a non-profit organisation. Rule 8: Create Boundaries for Yourself Finishing the last post triggered a final thought – the most important boundary you set for yourself might simply be, “How much is enough?” This is a door that swings both ways. Never Enough If we’re not…

Bootstrapping the non-profit organisation Rule 8 (part 3)

This is the eighth-and-a-third post in a series applying Seth Godin’s rules of bootstrapping (see also here) to building a non-profit organisation. Rule 8: Create Boundaries for Yourself Where should you focus? A big part of the answer to this question is the choice we always face between now or later – the well known tension between the urgent and the important, a la Steven…

Bootstrapping the non-profit organisation Rule 8 (part 2)

This is the eighth-and-a-half post in a series applying Seth Godin’s rules of bootstrapping (see also here) to building a non-profit organisation. Rule 8: Create Boundaries for Yourself Many of the boundaries that we face are immovable, like limits to the time available to us, or being able to be in one place at a time, or the limited nature of our knowledge, no matter how…

Bootstrapping the non-profit organisation Rule 8 (part 1)

This is the eighth post in a series applying Seth Godin’s rules of bootstrapping (see also here) to building a non-profit organisation. Rule 8: Create Boundaries for Yourself Create boundaries for yourself. What do you do? What don’t you do? This is a variation on “It’s not for you.” Any work we do is in tension with boundaries. There are boundaries we don’t want. Limits to: The number…

Bootstrapping the non-profit organisation Rule 7 (part 4)

This is the seventh-and-a-quarter post in a series applying Seth Godin’s rules of bootstrapping (see also here) to building a non-profit organisation. Rule 7: Charge a lot (but be worth more than you charge) A last argument for applying this rule in non-profit context is that if your clients pay, your resources go further, and you can serve a lot more people. We covered this…

Bootstrapping the non-profit organisation Rule 7 (part 3)

This is the seventh-and-a-third post in a series applying Seth Godin’s rules of bootstrapping (see also here) to building a non-profit organisation. Rule 7: Charge a lot (but be worth more than you charge) How does this rule apply to what a charity charges its clients? Is it ethical to charge your clients a lot? Shakespeare’s Prospero said it best: This swift business I must…

Bootstrapping the non-profit organisation Rule 7 (part 2)

This is the seventh-and-a-half post in a series applying Seth Godin’s rules of bootstrapping (see also here) to building a non-profit organisation. Rule 7: Charge a lot (but be worth more than you charge) The point here is that your organisation’s selling point – we’re still looking at things from the perspective of donors and supporters – should never be how cheap you are (your…

Bootstrapping the non-profit organisation Rule 7 (part 1)

This is the seventh post in a series applying Seth Godin’s rules of bootstrapping (see also here) to building a non-profit organisation. Rule 7: Charge a lot (but be worth more than you charge) This is a counter-intuitive but powerful lens for thinking about non-profit work. For now, let’s understand what you ‘charge’ as being how much your program costs. All other things being equal,…