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Is the Proliferation of Small Nonprofits Helping or Hurting?

By January 5, 2023January 17th, 2024No Comments

Despite the rapid growth of nonprofits, we continue to witness increases in hunger, homelessness, mental illness, social injustice, war, and environmental degradation – pretty much everything we exist to address.

We must question if the increased number of organizations and the siloed way in which we traditionally operate is part of the solution or part of the problem.

Importantly, we don’t blame the dedicated board members, leadership, or staff who comprise the sector. We blame the system that rewards the organizations that can tell the best story regardless of efficiency, effectiveness, outcomes, or impact.

We exist to support a system that invests substantially more in the highest performing Strategic Impact Enterprises and encourages the remaining organizations to partner with them for greater collective impact.

“As the sector has grown at a dizzying pace in recent years, the virus of separateness has become more deadly, paralyzing the potential of unified action on major public issues. The paradox of our sector’s huge growth is that its very size has rendered it weaker, not stronger. The larger it has grown, the more splintered and divided it has become.” Challenges for Nonprofits and Philanthropy

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