Friday, August 1, 2008

Article: Working with Vendor's and Consultants

Here's the link to article I wrote for the Philanthropy Journal Online about working with vendors and consultants. Here's a couple of tips that are included in the article:
  • It is good to verify that prospective vendors have many nonprofit clients and that those clients are happy with their work.

  • Never make a decision about purchasing something for the organization over the phone - always request something in writing. If the vendor can't give you something in writing then don't purchase it.

  • Carefully review all invoices received from vendors and verify that the information is correct.If a vendor overcharges you, dispute the charges and don't give up until they are resolved. Being persistent and following up with the vendor on a consistent basis works.

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