Nonprofit Startups: Grow Your Organization First

In this blog, I want to reiterate an ideal that I spoke about in one of my past blogs, that all nonprofit organizations should be wholly dedicated to the cause. That is the point of a nonprofit organization. However, if you are considering starting a nonprofit organization or are a fledgling startup that is still trying to get its feet underneath it, you need to make sure your nonprofit organization is stable before you made wholesale contributions to the cause you are pursuing.

adult-aged-baby-226616From the beginning, you should start making contributions to the cause you are pursuing, but you should be focused on growing your organization so that in the future, you can give more to the cause. It is all about being able to give a bigger piece of a pie. This is an idea I touched upon in one of my past blogs, titled “We are Holding Back Non-Profit Management“,

“Think it through. In five years, the organization could have an annual revenue of $20 million because it worked on itself as an organization. That would be $5 million. $5 million is more than $1 million. This is how we need to view nonprofit organizations and growth. We need nonprofit organizations to better themselves so they can better the cause. If they cannot get better as an organization, it is unlikely they will get better at fighting for the cause. If we can change our thinking of nonprofit organizations, we can undoubtedly make the world a better place.”[¹]

The basis of my argument was that contributing more to the cause is more meaningful than contributing a higher percentage of your profits to the cause. If you contribute 100% of your profits to pursuing the cause, but never grow as an organization, you will be giving less than if you contributed 60% of your profits to pursuing the cause and used the other 40% to grow your organization so that you can give a larger amount.

business-charts-data-95916The counterargument to this ideal is that individuals would startup nonprofit organizations and pay themselves large salaries and say that it is “to grow ourselves”. This is where having accountability standards in place will disallow this. In another of my previous blogs, titled “The Ethics of Allowing Nonprofits to “Improve Themselves”, I explored solutions to the potential of greed in a nonprofit organization supposedly “growing itself”,

“There are several ways that we can ensure that nonprofit organizations do not take advantage of the idea of “improving self” by paying themselves exorbitant salaries. First of all, every nonprofit organization should have a board that includes members not employed by the organization itself. Ideally, this board should be vested in the interests of the nonprofit organization, and as a result, expose any unethical actions by executives. Secondly, nonprofit organizations must submit their financial documents to the IRS, which includes salaries of directors, officers, and other employees. Most importantly, the IRS and nonprofits themselves are required by law to disclose these amounts to anybody who asks. This is what happened in the Omaha Goodwill case, and it is the responsibility of the media and the public to uncover any excessive executive pay among nonprofit organizations.”[²]

In addition, I proposed that all nonprofit organizations should have yearly annual reports that now only show financials and spending habits, but provide justification of why they decided to spend money here, and how it made an impact on the growth of their organization.

I wanted to emphasize these ideals again because I believe they can make such a huge impact on the growth of nonprofit organizations. Let nonprofit organizations use their first substantial profits to grow themselves so that they ensure a future for themselves. Some for-profit organizations are not expected to return a profit for ten years while they grow their organization, but investors stick with them. We need to encourage nonprofit organizations to help others but not neglect themselves. This is a key to ending humanitarian issues that still plague our world.

Works Referenced:

1. We are Holding Back Non-Profit Management: Blog by Myself

2. The Ethics of Allowing Nonprofits to “Improve Themselves”: Blog by Myself

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Interested in Nonprofit Work? Make Sure You Work on Yourself

The realm of working in the nonprofit industry means constantly helping others, or society at large. Whether you are working to alleviate poverty, reduce the effects of global warming, or increase habitation for an endangered species, the purpose of working for a nonprofit organization is to be a part of something bigger than yourself. So why should you work on yourself before you decide to be a part of something bigger than yourself?

A Signal In An Ocean of Noise

This blog is inspired by Building the Bridge As You Walk on It by Robert. E Quinn. Quinn’s philosophy in his book is that you should transform others by transforming yourself, “a signal in an ocean of noise”. Quinn believes that the energy and moral power is contagious, and those who embody positive character qualities can positively affect those around them. However, become a signal in an ocean of noise involves having a higher commitment to accepting change. Change is all around us. We experience change everyday, and sometimes we experience such traumatic change that it alters our paths. People who are more willing to accept and embody change will be more successful. Those who push away change will not be able to adapt and survive in an organization.

arm-desk-hand-58457Quinn’s ultimate idea is the fundamental state of leadership. The fundamental state of leadership is a temporary psychological condition where an individual becomes purpose-centered, internally driven, other-focused, and externally open. As a result, they are a beacon to those around them. Those in the fundamental state of leadership care deeply about what their organization is trying to accomplish and what they can do to help rather than preserving their ego. They close integrity gaps by recognizing their own hypocrisy. They see the world differently, so they behave differently,

“Developing leaders is not about getting them to imitate thinking and behavior of other people who have been successful. It is about attracting them to the decision to enter the unique state from which their own great thinking and great behaviors emanate”[¹]

I highly recommend this book for those who are looking to be better at embracing an ever changing world. It goes over many fantastic concepts that any individual, at any level of an organization, can use to better themselves.

What does this mean?

close-up-composition-data-669986What I am trying to get at here is that before you can help somebody with their lives, you need to make sure you have done the same for yourself. For example, you do not typically see drug addicts counseling other drug addicts on recovering from addiction. However, former drug addicts are often counselors for current drug addicts. They overcame their own struggles and succeeded. They are not hypocritical. They went through what the person they are helping went through. Would you trust a counselor who is depressed to counsel you on getting through depression? I would say no.

The idea here is that you are going to be less purposeful and externally open if you are not dealing with your own problems. I am not advocating selfishness and ethnocentrism. I promoted a similar idea in one of my previous blogs when I was talking about nonprofit organizations and growth,

“We need nonprofit organizations to better themselves so they can better the cause. If they cannot get better as an organization, it is unlikely they will get better at fighting for the cause. If we can change our thinking of nonprofit organizations, we can undoubtedly make the world a better place.”[²]

Better yourself so you can better others. If you do not believe in yourself, if you are resistant to traumatic change, if you are not dedicated to purpose because you are distracted by your own noise, you will be worse at helping others. I am not advocating for quitting your job and going on a self-change binge. Simply, do not ignore yourself if you work in the nonprofit world. Help others, but be that beacon of trust.

Works Referenced:

1. Building the Bridge As You Walk On It: By Robert Quinn

2. We Are Holding Back Non-Profit Management

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The Power of Storytelling

Why do many people find it so hard to read bland textbooks? Why do many people want to fall asleep during lectures about integrals and derivatives? For me, it is because of the lack of storytelling. Storytelling is a powerful tool because people are emotional creatures. People will typically shut off when you bring up arduous and boring statistics and niche terms that are meaningless to them. As Forbes writer Steve Denning explains, humans are inherently social creatures,

“Storytelling is central to innovation, the critical performance dimension of 21st Century organizations: stories are a kind of cognitive play, a stimulus and training for a lively mind . . . humans are hyper-intelligent and hyper-social animals. By lining up key elements of intelligence, cooperation, pattern-seeking, alliance-making, and the understanding that other beings have beliefs and knowledge of their own, stories make us stronger and more effective as a species.”[¹]

microphone-2001751_1920If you leading a nonprofit organization, or even just a regular business, leveraging your story to attract people is so important. It is crazy to see businesses with amazing stories of how they came to be what they are not leveraging these stories on their websites. People like to read about people, even more so, they like to read about people overcoming obstacles to success because it is inspiring. Converting customers by inspiring them through your business story is one of the cheapest methods possible. Neil Patel provides an insanely in-depth guide on storytelling and how to leverage its power within his blog. Many of his ideas are so easy to implement yet sometimes rarely leveraged,

“Marketing is for people and people are emotional beings. Our brains are wired to respond to emotional connections and triggers. Storytelling is the most natural source of those triggers,” says Patel, a New York Times best selling author, “Humans are born storytellers and adore visual communication. Storytelling gives life or meaning to a scenario and makes that emotional connection, provoking feelings of ecstasy, sorrow, or peace and captivating your audience. This is exactly what you need when it comes to your social media marketing strategy.”[²]

Storytelling is especially powerful for me. I am a huge fan of TED talks, and TED talks that leverage the power of story to elaborate on a bigger concept or idea are the talks that have the biggest effect on me. I find it hard to understand concepts that are simply represented as they are without a tangible example to back them up. Not everyone is like this, but for many people, the power of imagining a story is able to help them better understand what they are trying to learn. If you can not imagine it, how could you possibly learn it?

I do not love to just listen to stories, I love to tell stories. I feel like many people can agree with me on that. When you are telling a story to an audience that genuinely cares about what you are saying, it brings a feeling of empowerment that I do not feel anywhere else. As aforementioned, humans are emotional and social creatures, regardless of how introverted we may claim to be. Regardless of the level of introversion, we appreciate the presence of those we care about.

In my life, I have always had better relationships with coworkers when we are able to talk about stories rather than just work. I have had the fortunate ability to have some amazing people work alongside me, and we have made awesome connections over having similar life experiences or similar interests we discovered over storytelling. This is simply my philosophy on storytelling on a human level. As represented above, I also believe storytelling can be leveraged in the nonprofit world and beyond. If you are not leveraging this great power, I would recommend it!

Works Referenced:

1. The Science of Storytelling: Forbes article by Steve Denning

2. How to Leverage Storytelling to Increase Your Conversions: Blog by Neil Patel

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Nonprofit Work in the Video Game Industry

In this blog, I have decided to combine two passions of mine: video games and nonprofits. Over the past ten years, many nonprofit organizations have sprung up that help children with disabilities play video games. In addition, many video game organizations have streamed video games in order to raise money for charity. Today, I want to highlight some of these organizations.

Video Game ‘Streaming’ is on the Rise

Since Twitch, a platform that allows individuals to stream video games they are playing, was acquired by Amazon, it has exploded. There are millions of people who stream on Twitch, and some of these individuals even make their living playing video games for others to watch. Recently, with the rise of popular Twitch streamer Tyler “Ninja” Blevins, it has brought an entirely new attention to the platform. Websites like Forbes, CNBC, Mashable, and Business Insider have recently posted articles about the streamer who makes over $500,000 a month playing video games in his bedroom.

He is not the only one, as other popular streamers such as Michael “Shroud” Grzesiek and Jaryd “Summit1g” Lazar, among many others, make hundreds of thousands of dollars from their homes streaming video games. The platform is only growing with Amazon’s endless capital support, which has allowed it unlimited funds to become one of the most visited websites on the internet.

The AbleGamers Charity

For kids with disabilities, video games can be an escape from an otherwise difficult life. For me personally, I play video games to de-stress, and I can only imagine how much joy it brings to kids. The AbleGamers Charity is one organization that removes barriers for children with disabilities when it comes to playing video games,

“With a combination of technologies such as mouth controllers, eye gaze, and special customized controllers, we find a way for people to play video games no matter their disability. When our accessibility experts give assessments to determine the right set of equipment for each individual, we’re using the latest, bleeding edge technology to bridge the gap between ability and desire.”[¹]

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The organization uses $.94 of every $1.00 to give children with disabilities an opportunity to play video games, one of the highest ratios on Charity Navigator. When it comes to nonprofit video game organizations, they are one of the best. For children with disabilities, the AbleGamers Charity and their commitment to removing barriers to playing video games has been a blessing.

Extra Life

Extra life is another video game nonprofit organization that is committed to helping children, though they do this in a different way,

“Extra Life unites thousands of gamers around the world to play games in support of their local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. Since its inception in 2008, Extra Life has raised more than $40 million for sick and injured kids. Sign up today and dedicate a day of play for kids in your community!”[²]

downloadExtra Life does a great job with how they setup their fundraising network. Through the platform I spoke about earlier, Twitch, individuals can stream video games. If they sign up for Extra Life, they can dedicate any stream they would like to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, and all the funds from that stream would go to the hospital. Streamers do not always have to do this, but it raises money for children, and for streamers who rely on Twitch for a living, it gives them some great publicity. Over 100,000 streamers have signed up for the program, and as aforementioned, it has brought in over $40 million, which is astronomical considering it was raised by people who were simply watching others play video games online.

Video games have been one of my passions ever since I got my first console in 2010. I have probably spent over 3,000 hours playing video games, if not more. As a teenager, it was the main factor that bring my friends and I together to have fun. I spent countless nights at friend’s houses playing video games late into the night (on the weekends, of course). I believe in the power of video games to make the world a better place. There has been an attack on video games lately in the media, especially those that depict violence, and I am completely understanding of the possible consequences of playing too many video games. As with anything, too much of a good thing can be bad, and I believe the benefits of video games heavily outweigh any possible consequences, as long as they are played in moderation.

Works Referenced:

1. AbleGamers About Us Page

2. Extra Life About Us Page

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1. Able Gamers Logo

2. Extra Life Logo

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My Favorite Nonprofit Organization: Big Brothers Big Sisters of America

In one of my previous blogs, titled “Nonprofit Personally”, I provided a brief outline of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America and spoke about my experience with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern Nevada,

“I am a mentor to an 11-year-old child, and have been since about September of 2015. I got involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern Nevada through my desire to make a difference. I do not specifically recall how I found the organization, but I was soon very intrigued. I applied, was accepted, and went through the orientation process. After a few months, I was connected with a 9-year-old boy from an impoverished family . . .

Our relationship has really blossomed over the past six months since I was able to start taking him out to places. We have been doing regular fun activities, such as bowling, going to arcades, getting food, or going to museums. The greatest part has been seeing him improve in bowling, and he really gets excited when we get to bowl because he is pushing himself to get better . . .

I understand that my current nonprofit work involves helping only one kid, but it has been an amazing experience.”[¹]

In this blog, I would like to talk about Big Brothers Big Sisters of America more broadly as an organization, but more importantly, provide resources for those who are intrigued by the organization.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of America

Big Brothers Big Sisters of America says this about itself on its About Us page,

“For more than 100 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters has operated under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life. As the nation’s largest donor- and volunteer-supported mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”), ages 6 through 18, in communities across the country. We develop positive relationships that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of young people.”[²]

The history of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America is rich. Though it was not an official organization until 1977 when Big Sisters International and Big Brothers Association merged, its roots date back to 1904, when Ernest Coulter, a court clerk who noticed many young boys coming through the court system with delinquency problems, asked 39 men to befriend one boy and become a mentor to them. It was a success.

purple-vertical-8Through its history, many notable names have been involved with the organization: Theodore Roosevelt Jr. was named treasurer in 1923, President and Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt become patrons of Big Brothers and Big Sisters Federation in 1934, and First Lady Laura Bush stared in a public service announcement to recruit volunteers across the nation in 2006, among other notable events in its history.

Today, Big Brothers Big Sisters fosters an amazing mentor system for adults and children. They match an adult and a child based on common interests, and they provide resources for this relationship to succeed. Their impact spans over 50 states and 12 countries. In most cases, this child is living under hardship, sometimes due to poverty or the loss of a parent.

As a big within the program, I can advocate for the effectiveness of the program, not only for the child I mentor, but for myself. Since I was matched with my little, he has been doing so much better in school, despite the fact that we rarely work on schoolwork. All he needed was a friend to talk to, and since we switched to the community-based program, which allows me to take him places, we have done so many activities that he had never done before. Almost every week is a learning experience for him, and sometimes even for me.

Their website is rich with information for those who want to get involved, those want to enroll their child in the program, the various programs they offer, those interested in becoming a partner, and everything about the organization.

The organization is always looking for more Bigs to make an impact in their community. I encourage visiting their become a big web page for more information! It has been of the greatest experiences I have ever had, and it makes a huge impact on a child’s life. I was not contracted or asked to write for Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, I simply wanted to provide a simple, informational blog with resources about the fantastic work they do. If you want to learn more, you can visit their website. I heavily encourage it.

One of the main purposes of this blog was as a precursor to one of my future blogs, which will be about an interview I did with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern Nevada Program Director Beth Osborne. When it is published on my blog, I will be posting it on my Twitter, so make sure to follow my personal page for future updates! It is linked below this blog post!

Works Referenced:

1. My Blog: Nonprofit Personally

2. Big Brothers Big Sisters of America: About Page

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1. Big Sisters Big Brothers of America Logo

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My Favorite Global Nonprofit Organization: Doctors Without Borders

In this blog post, I wanted to talk about my favorite global nonprofit organization that you may, or may not, have heard of. This global nonprofit organization, in my opinion, has done tremendous work for millions of people around the globe and is a fantastic examples of how nonprofits can make a huge difference.

Doctors Without Borders

There are few endeavors in today’s society more wonderful than to give up a huge salary to help individuals in impoverished countries with medical needs. Doctors Without Borders is an international humanitarian non-governmental organization (NGO) best known for its projects in war-torn regions and developing countries affected by endemic diseases. The impact Doctors Without Borders has made is global,

“In more than 60 countries around the world, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) saves lives by providing medical aid where it is needed most—in armed conflicts, epidemics, natural disasters, and other crisis situations. Many contexts call for a rapid response employing specialized medical and logistical help, but we also run longer-term projects designed to tackle health crises and support people who cannot otherwise access health care.”[¹]

doctors-without-borders-usa_416x416Many individuals who participate in Doctors Without Borders are volunteers, which is astonishing. Other individuals are paid astronomically small salaries compared to their professional and educational level. Moreover, they are volunteering to go to areas of the globe which are usually dangerous. Some current countries that Doctors Without Borders operates in are.

  • Bangladesh, which is the home of roughly around 700,00 Rohingya refugees fleeing from ethnic violence in Myanmar.
  • Syria, which has been in a civil war since 2011. The UN Envoy for Syria has stated that over 400,000 individuals have died and around 12,000,000 individuals have been displaced, either forced to leave their homes or to leave the country.
  • Yemen, where a civil war has been raging since 2015. Death tolls have ranged from 5,000 to 14,000 people, many of which are children.
  • Many more countries such as South Sudan and the Central African Republic, all of whom are experiencing civil war or health epidemics.

As aforementioned, I love this organization because of the impact of its volunteers, and the amount of self-sacrifice they are willing to make. One allure of working in health care, especially in the United States, are the fantastic salaries, but individuals who a part of Doctors Without Borders are only focused on one thing, helping others. It is one of the truest forms of altruism among global nonprofit organizations.

Doctors Without Borders grew to what they are today because of their transparent and innovative structure. Doctors Without Borders has easy to access links on their websites that outlines all their financials. It is on the first tab located on their website. In addition, they outline how donations are used and where they will be distributed. They have a great FAQ that answers almost every question anybody could have about the organization from an outsider’s perspective. Most of all, they have found a way to convince tens of thousands of unselfish individuals to give up big salaries for big impact.

Doctors Without Border relies heavily on donations to keep them going, on their donation page, they state,

“For Doctors Without Borders, the ability to respond quickly to medical humanitarian emergencies is crucial to saving more lives. Unrestricted funds allow us to allocate our resources most efficiently and where the needs are greatest.”[²]

I make monthly donations to Doctors Without Borders because I love the work they do. If you are able to donate, I highly recommend doing it. You can click this hyperlinked text to be redirected to their donation page, or you can click the link below.

I was not contracted or asked to write for Doctors Without Borders, I simply wanted to provide a simple, informational blog with resources about the fantastic work they do. If you want to learn more, you can visit their website, or their YouTube page, which uploads videos of the work they do all around the world. I heavily encourage it.

Works Referenced:

1. Doctors Without Borders Website: What We Do

2. Doctors Without Borders Website: Donate Link

3. Doctors Without Borders YouTube Page

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1. Doctors Without Borders Logo

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Nonprofit Funding: Wealthy Giving and the Government

In my previous blog, I wrote about how some of the growth statistics regarding the nonprofit sector could be misleading.

“Healthcare is, by far, the biggest leader in nonprofit employment. Roughly 57% of all people working in the nonprofit sector work within healthcare . . . This leaves only 43% of people employed by the nonprofit sector outside of the healthcare industry. 15% of the remaining pie goes towards education . . . That leaves only 28% of the amount of individuals employed by the nonprofit sector to elements such as poverty, hunger, arts and culture, climate change, and so on.” [¹]

I want to be clear that growth within the nonprofit sector, regardless of industry, is good for the entire nonprofit sector. The healthcare and education industries within the nonprofit sector do fantastic work, and I am not trying to downplay their importance to causes such as providing healthcare to those cannot afford it and educating our population, respectively. However, this leaves a small piece of the pie left for the remaining important sectors, and these sectors are pursuing causes that have defined recent generations: hunger, poverty, climate change, and so on.

In this blog, I wanted to examine two sources of funding for nonprofit organizations: wealthy philanthropists , and the government.

Having that wealthy, philanthropic connection

We hear about it in the news all time. A wealthy individual has donated X sum of outrageous money to support a foundation or a cause. Philanthropic giving among wealthy individuals has risen tremendously over the past thirty years. As of 2017, 158 individuals have signed The Giving Pledge, mostly billionaires who have agreed to give away the majority of their wealth to charities, either during their lives, after they die, or even both. The two most famous individuals on this list are Warren Buffet and Bill Gates, who have been among the wealthiest individuals on the globe for decades.

photo-1506023578262-50650ae64bc8That wealthy, philanthropic connection is most commonly found among universities. Most buildings at universities are named after wealthy donors. The University of Nevada-Reno, where I currently go, has several examples of buildings named after donors who contributed tens of millions towards the university and the construction of the buildings themselves. However, billions have donated by other wealthy individuals for other important causes. Leonardo DiCaprio has used his platform to speak on the important topic of climate change and water conservation. Ashton Kutcher used his platform to create an organization dedicated to ending child sex trafficking.

There have been many criticisms of philanthropic giving. First of all, there are still many billionaires that haven’t contributed to philanthropic causes. Second, the ever increasing wealth gap between the rich and the poor recently has led to push back against those in the top 1% of wealth in the world. Lastly, philanthropic donations can be seen as a way to exert power. What better way to become more powerful than to pay to get your name on a building, or get on a board of directors for a charity? Regardless, philanthropic donations will continue to help nonprofit accomplish some of their funding goals.

Government Funding

photo-1485394595691-5411947d63a4Most nonprofits have grant writers. Grant writing refers to the practice of completing an application process for funding provided by an institution such as a government department, corporation, foundation or trust. Every year, grant writers, which has becoming a specialty job within the nonprofit sector, start writing with the intention of convincing the government to help fund their cause.

Governmental grants have definitely had an influence in the growth of the nonprofit sector, as is evidenced by an article in the Stanford Social Innovation Review,

“Government funding through grants and fees continued to drive the growth of most of the really big organizations in our study . . . Long-standing government relationships typically positioned them as the first to know of coming changes, enabling many to shape policy change.

These dynamics may change in the next five years, as the potential for long-term retrenchment by government at all level signals serious trouble for nonprofits dependent on federal, state, and local funds. Over the past year, we have heard executive directors from large organizations say that they are finding themselves in uncharted waters, struggling to preserve long-standing funding relationships. If these organizations face government funding adversity over the next decade, the nonprofit landscape could be dramatically affected.” [²]

 

I wanted to mention government funding because it so volatile. Some nonprofit organizations apply for, and successfully receive multi-year grants. However, many nonprofits are relying on annual grants that are not guaranteed year-to-year. Different administrations and government turnover rate put nonprofit funding at risk every year.

An article by the Urban Institute, dating to last year, does a fantastic job outlining the vulnerability of nonprofits under the current governmental administration. The article talks about how yearly spending budgets greatly affect the amount of grants available for nonprofits to apply for. It is linked in my works referenced for my readers who want to go in-depth about the governmental-nonprofit relationship.

Listed above are two volatile, interesting funding platforms for the nonprofit industry. Both are not without risk and criticism, but it is undoubtedly true that both are huge influences in the nonprofit sector. It will be interesting to see how philanthropic donations will change as the wealthy get wealthier. Moreover, it will be interesting to see how the current administration running the United States government decides to allocate their federal budget, and as a result, greatly alter the nonprofit landscape.

Works Referenced:

1. Growth in the Nonprofit Sector: Blog by Myself

2. Why More Nonprofits Are Getting Bigger – Article posted by Bridgespan.org, originally appeared in Stanford Social Innovation Review

3. How vulnerable are nonprofits under Trump’s skinny budget? Article by Benjamin Soskis & Brice McKeever on the Urban Institute website

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