We would have never accept the "why do we need computers - we have paper and pens" argument in the corporate world, yet in the non-profit world, funding tends to flow the way it always has simply because that is the way it has always been.
One of the questions I am asked most frequently is, "How do you fundraise?" It seems like a simple question but, in practice, asking individuals and corporations for their support is more art than science.
Who is responsible to ensure that nonprofits operate most efficiently? While the great majority of people in the nonprofit world are good people, this doesn't necessarily mean that the financial system is functioning most effectively.
Like any healthy coupling, the recipe to a happy, long-term business relationship between a non-profit organization and its corporate volunteers and donors is commitment, communication and compromise, with a large dose of appreciation sprinkled on top.
You have been thinking about how great it might be to follow your passion and work for a non-profit. You fantasize about working with people just like yourself who are passionate about what they do. Sounds great, but is it reality?
Do bankers lend money to those who don't need it? The topic was the so-called 'Equity Gap in America.' The group pointed to the difficulty new nonprofits have in seeking working capital to fund their enterprises.
Chile is one of the top topics trending on Twitter. But Twitter also reveals sentiments that its socially driven donation network is getting tired with some users tweeting "we have to donate to Chile too?"
Susan decided to take action and started to research what people on the streets need. She even sent me links to information that I didn't know. She planned on filling up her car and driving to a park to help.