Tom Topousis examines the awkwardness of Gretchen Dykstra’s national non-fundraising tour for the World Trade Center Memorial Foundation. In Hartford, Ron Nobli, a labor union official, tells him, “We would have dug into our own pockets right now” — except Dykstra wasn’t asking.
The No. 1 saying in philanthropic circles is that the No. 1 reason why people give money is because they are asked.