Tuesday, November 12, 2013

“Nothin’ ruins a good organization like too much money.”

A board member shared that bit of wisdom with me more than 25 years ago.

The more time I’ve spent in association management, the more I realize the wisdom of his thinking.

As association budgets go larger, committees began to argue over which got the most money. Board members seemed to bicker more. There were more jealousies between staffs and among board members. 

And, perhaps worse for the association, a tacit agreement board members not to "cut" each other's favorite programs. And, when money is plentiful, than is how association budgets explode.

Now, when I’ve worked for associations with limited budgets, I always wished for larger budgets. But ... you can have too much money?!

What is your experience? Has too much money been a problem?

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