Hey there, fellow do-gooders!

We all love the idea of technology swooping in to save the day, right? But let’s get real: not everything can be fixed with a fancy algorithm or a shiny new app. So, grab your popcorn and let’s chat about what AI won’t fix in your nonprofit.

Fundraising Fumbles: Imagine this: a robot knocking on doors, asking for donations. Hilarious, right? Well, AI might help analyze donor data and send out automated thank-you emails, but it won’t replace the human touch. People give to people, not machines. So, put down any ideas of robot phone operators and pick up the phone yourself! 

Communication Quirks: Sure, AI can schedule your social media posts and even draft some snazzy emails, but it won’t magically make your message resonate with your audience. You can’t just plug in some keywords and expect to connect with hearts and minds. So, keep those storytelling skills sharp and remember: authenticity beats automation any day.

Program Puzzles: Ah, the dream of AI solving all our program woes. But sorry, folks, it won’t be leading your after-school art classes or mentoring youth anytime soon. Your programs are about human connection and growth, and that’s something AI just can’t replicate. So, keep nurturing those relationships and inspiring change, one person at a time.

Governance Glitches: Board meetings with robots? Not happening! While AI can help crunch numbers and analyze trends, it won’t replace the wisdom and experience of your board members. Decisions still need those humans to be centered. So, let’s keep those brainstorming sessions lively and leave the robot overlords at the door.

Now, I know what you’re thinking: “But AI is so cool! Can’t it fix anything?” Well, sure, it can do a lot of amazing things, like predicting trends and organizing data faster than you can say “spreadsheet.” But at the end of the day, nonprofits are all about people. And that’s something AI just can’t replace.

So, next time you find yourself dreaming of a tech-powered utopia, remember to keep it real. Embrace the quirks and imperfections of your organization, because that’s what makes it special. Let’s keep doing what we do best: changing the world, one human connection at a time.

Until next time, keep it human, keep it humble, and keep on making a difference!

Yours in nonprofit shenanigans,


-Note: This article was co-written with ChatGPT. A human was centered in it’s creation, editing and distribution.

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