TEXT: Bubriski letter regarding MGRHS $1,000 donation
Sometimes a quick note or phone call is the essence of good business; it certainly is the essence of good manners. Imagine my distress, when after two years of trying I can’t even give away money to Mount Greylock Regional High School. And I can’t even get a follow up call or email. Oh, but wait, it wasn’t money to increase the salaries of the administration or to buy new office equipment; it was money for student scholarships.
Two years ago I had a series of phone calls over a period of weeks and months with the then business manager, and finally with the newly appointed superintendent. Platitudes were mouthed, assurances made,but nothing happened. My check remained un-cashed. A mystery. A year and a half later a secretary called to say they had found a check for $500.00 lying under a piece of office equipment they were replacing and did I know anything about it? Oops.
Scroll forward: New business manger. (The old one had been moved on to another institution down the street. Good luck other institution.) More words mouthed. Delivered a check for $1000.00 this time, but couldn’t seem to find anyone in their offices . Left a note asking could we chat about the scholarship, etc…No word, no check cashed, mystery unsolved.
I don’t give them a passing grade in the matter.
So I have written a primer for Mount Greylock’s administration:
Follow through with what you say.
Cash checks; give thanks with no delay.
Lose the lousy, lame excuse.
Neglect is a form of donor abuse.
Untie the bureaucratic knot--
It’ll simplify your lives a lot.
Notate the gifts Greylock receives
Lest generosity ups and leaves.
Keep focused on the kids and teachers--
Put bureaucracy on the back row bleachers.
Posted by permission of:
Peter Bubriski Associates
Executive Communication/Leadership Development