Recently I had coffee with a new friend that wants to start a new nonprofit. He was asking me about the processes I had set up, the playbook for the volunteers at 48in48, etc. Then he asked me if I would be comfortable sharing that information with him. My response? Of course!
I love to figure stuff out and then give it away to whomever it can help. It’s a part of why I blog. Often I’ll meet people starting new agencies (that might even be considered competitors), and I’ll give them my stuff too. Why not? It certainly doesn’t harm me to share what I have learned (there is more than enough work out there), and it helps someone else not make the same mistakes I have made.
When I first started out I was fortunate enough to meet another agency owner that did the same for me. He walked me through his contracts to show me what to put into mine. He had created his contracts with an actual lawyer and paid a lot to get them solid; then he just gave it all away. I have never forgotten that, and I want to be able to do that for other people, helping them the way he helped me.