Saturday, March 7, 2009

Non-Nonprofit Blog

I will be the first to say that the last thing that we need in this world is another blog.

But here's an idea for one that I hope someone starts:

Non-Nonprofit Blog
Where margins feed missions

I did not come up with this idea, of course. I credit Robert Egger with V3 Campaign with being the most vocal advocate for the idea that "nonprofit is a tax status. We are businesses."

Why do we define ourselves by what we are not (i.e. "not-for-profit")? Is simply not making money our goal, or are we here to achieve something?

Incidentally, and .org is currently available.

We need more conversation about the financing model that we use as "non-profits." We need to consider ways to change our vocabulary so that we think of ourselves as social enterprises . . . or, as I am tending to say, mission-based organizations.


What should we call ourselves?

  • Nonprofits?
  • Social Enterprises?
  • Mission-based organizations?
  • Care-based organizations (thanks to George Ellis and the Dallas Social Venture Partners for this one)?
  • Community-based organizations?
  • Non-governmental organizations (NGOs)?
  • Charities?
  • Philanthropies?
  • Pinko commies?
  • Loony bins?