From Shana Ross, the Development Shrink, comes this really good article on the difference between unearned and contributed income.
“When you work yourself to the point of exhaustion trying to bring in enough contributions to support your organization, it might seem like a very low blow to call all of that “unearned” income.”
Her point, get used to “unearned” because it’s the correct terminology. It is not a moral judgment of how hard you work for contributions. “Contributed” is just plain incorrect.
Any thoughts? Which do you prefer?