The same is even more true when it comes to your fundraising decisions. With no bad intentions at all, you can still do real harm to your group, your school, and even your future fundraising success if you give in to every fundraising temptation this year.

I've written about this in the past from several angles. The first is for groups that run too many of the big fundraisers. That can really wear down your supporters, tire your volunteers and lead to long-term problems for your group. My mantra is: Fundraise Less, but Fundraise Better. Giving more attention and support to two big efforts is way better than running four fundraisers haphazardly.

The second temptation is sneakier and harder to resist but still must be guarded against. This happens when the Southern Living mom and the Silpada mom and the local pizza joint all want to donate to your school. What's the harm, right? Wrong. You'll make $50 or $100, but you'll significantly add to a damaging reputation that your group is just about fundraising. That makes growing involvement harder and also hurts future, more worthwhile, fundraising efforts. Bad all around.

It's very hard to say no to someone trying to give you money, but leadership requires that you have those difficult conversations.