As the end of year approaches and before our annual predictions for next year, it might be useful to summarize the current status of the nonprofit sector.
Where are we, the near-million current nonprofits in the nation? Clearly all over the lot, but are there reportable milestones and trends that may characterize nonprofits? Twelve complex factors comprise major parameters that are prominent in 2013, part of the constant change that we all experience.
Over the years, our nonprofit sector has attributed our strong societal standing to American exceptionalism, while we have also heard from various critics that nonprofits are under-managed, under-financed and under-valued by the communities in which we operate.
The under-managed claim usually is tied to criticisms that we need to be more business-like, that we are not professional in our systems, etc. The under-financed comes from the sector itself and has no real solution other than as a claim on the larger society. The final one comes from insiders and outside friends of the sector, often with a cry for more recognition, increased financial support and increased use of marketing and communications. Read More…