Yesterday someone asked me about this situation:
A service organization has a large amount of money in the bank. People have donated that money and club members have worked hard to raise it. Now the club is split about what to do with it. But here’s the strange part. The split is not about who to give the money to. Or where it will make the most difference. The split is about whether to give it away or keep it. (They do give some, but keep most.)
A past president quit over the issue. Current members are incensed, asking, “Why are we filling our coffers? There are so many worthwhile causes where the money can make a difference.”
What should they do?
This is what I think: Don’t quit. Try not to become incensed. Don’t make it an US and THEM issue. I truly believe that people are by nature innately good. In time, they will do the right thing. In the meantime, it’s only by the small means of friendly persuasion that you can exert an influence.