A Nonprofit Devil’s Dictionary

With high interest debt to Ambrose Bierce and On Product Management, I present a short Devil’s Dictionary for the nonprofit industry:

Advancement:  See Fundraising.

Consultant:  A lucrative Sisyphus, cursed to eternally push legacy data from CRM system to CRM system.

CRM System:  An advanced duplicate management system, used to sustain obsolete fundraising practices.

Development:  See Advancement.

Direct Mail:  A technique for turning trees into recycled paper.

Fundraising:  See Development.

Nonprofit:  A type of corporation tasked with addressing all the corner cases of capitalism and government while delivering consistent stakeholder returns.

Nonprofit Technology:  An archive of tools and best practices from the recent past.