Is Business Trying to Take You Over?
NPQ thinks nonprofits may be paying too much attention to what for-profits are doing and trying to model themselves after them with bad results.
I agree, but only if the nonprofit is actually making itself over in the likeness of a for-profit. The writer, Simone Joyaux, points to another writer for her conclusion:
As [Jim] Collins writes, “We must reject the idea—well intentioned, but dead wrong—that the primary path to greatness in the social sectors is to become ‘more like a business.’”That's true, though I don't think that anyone here is trying to find a quick fix for their nonprofit challenges by becoming converts to 'philanthrocapitalism.'
And I don't think this article really applies to what we usually talk about in this blog, so I'll continue to mention tools and processes in the for-profit world that I think might be of benefit to your nonprofit.
Even so, Joyaux's article is an interesting read and I recommend doing that and not skipping the comments, which are thoughtful.
By The Way
I read somewhere else - can't remember where - that as Baby Boomers retire, many of them may decide to start their own small nonprofits. Yeah, I know you don't need anymore competition. But maybe this is an opportunity. If you are interacting with Boomers already, you're in a good position to convince them to come over to your side of the nonprofit neighborhood. If not, maybe this is your wake-up call.
Other Articles at NPQ I found interesting:
The Participatory Revolution in Nonprofit Management - about how stakeholder participation in governance and decision making is broadening
Nonprofit Management Isn't a Game About game theory management and it's efficacy