We read and hear volumes about the growing number of nonprofit organizations, now approaching one million nationally, with consequent warnings of imminent disaster for many.
The causes of the disaster vary, according to source of commentary. Competition for resources is big: there just isn’t enough charitable money to pay for it all. Too many groups asking foundations, corporations and individuals for much more than is available makes difficult choices.
Then there is the claim of overlapping service or uncoordinated outreach, followed by lack of efficiency, thus reduced effectiveness. Underpaid staff almost exploited by mission and rapid turnover of personnel complete this analysis.
Another strong voice is that of the critic who cites scale, the inability to demonstrate impact and the lack of novel approaches to societal need.
And they are all true. Yes, there are too many nonprofits out there, aren’t there?
Solutions have to do with merger and acquisition, with only rewarding scalable ventures, and recognition of the need for more business-like processes, among others. Read More…