First off: house maintenance issues. They banged together our starter house around 1850, habitation for (true) circus midgets. Door handles are around your knees. The stair treads are as wide as a hardcover book. You knew an old house would be a money pit. You expected things to break. They did. All the time.
There's always something breaking. "Something" is always expensive, too: thousands I don't have BUT that I must somehow scrape together ... in the sleepless hours before dawn. Plumbing, you deal with that right away. People have to pee, poop and cleanse themselves. Minor electrical: maybe you can wait. You bundle a bunch of jobs together; they come for two or three days, you're set for a decade. The roof's good.
Plus, about that gift...?
My daughter's not happy. Her boyfriend just bounced her. He isn't the first. I don't know: is she one of life's hefty percentage of losers? She calls me five times a day. I sympathize! wait a minute did I just call my daughter a loser?i'm losing it
Oh, yeah: I have enough money to live comfortably until I'm 90 or so, barring catastrophic expenses.
Charity: Water raised money for overhead as well as program, as two separate things. That way they could say with perfect honesty that 100% of a person's donation to program goes to work in the field.
The people that cover the overhead are donors, too, of course. And they know exactly what they're buying: incredible impact. Overhead makes the programs possible.
From a sales point of view, Charity: Water did something well-known in the banking industry: they made their donors a No Fee offer.
Scott Harrison founded Charity: Water in 2006. Over the next decade the charity raised over $200 million for clean water projects in 24 countries ... promoting the No Fee offer.
Of course, other charities hate the claim. It makes them look like spendthrifts.
And it makes Charity: water look like some kind of magician doing incredible work in a glamorous high profile way without spending donor money on anything but getting people clean drinking water for the first time.
Thus "proving" to a world that skips the details that great good can somehow come from thin air. Don't blame Scott H.! Blame your organization's C-level lack of understanding ... of how the human attention span is ever-shrinking.