By Kris Putnam-Walkerly
If you ask that question of the nonprofits you support, the other organizations working on the same issue, and other funders that have attempted to do what you’re trying to do, I guarantee you will reap the benefits. Listen to what they have to say, implement their suggestions, and you will save your grant-making effort time, financial resources, and headaches. You will also achieve greater impact, and it will happen much faster than if you hadn’t asked the question.
Here are a few times when asking “If you could do it all over again, what would you do differently?” will help you. Ask this question when you are:
It’s simple, right? Ask the question, listen to the answers, implement the suggestions, save yourself time and resources, get faster results, and have greater impact. I guarantee it works.
Let me ask you a question: If you could do it all over again, what would you do differently?
Kris Putnam-Walkerly, the president of Putnam Consulting Group, is a recognized expert and leader in philanthropic strategy development, implementation, evaluation, and communication. She can be reached at email@example.com.