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Too many volunteers, not enough positions

The nonprofit community rarely has too much of anything.  We live in an economy of scarcity, where you buy a roll of toilet paper instead of a carton because you don’t have carton-sized cash on hand; where requests for raises are met with an incredulous “You didn’t go into the nonprofit world to get rich;”... Read more »

End Homelessness One Young Adult, and One Roof, At A Time

End Homelessness One Young Adult, and One Roof,  At A Time
Want to end homelessness among young adults?  The 750 Club Apartment Project is for you. The Nonprofiteer loves everything about this idea: it’s long-term, it’s concrete (literally) and it brings an overwhelming problem down to a level at which people can see how to solve it. Bravo to Windy City Times and the AIDS Foundation... Read more »

The Myth of Nonprofit Sustainability

The Myth of Nonprofit Sustainability
The myth of nonprofit sustainability dogs every charity in the sector. Not only must we have world-changing ideas and sound plans for how to execute them, we must know how to continue executing them indefinitely—even before we’ve started. So a 21-gun salute to this guy, who has finally said aloud what we’ve all been thinking.... Read more »
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Generosity or Democracy: Beneficiaries Are Not Citizens

Generosity or Democracy: Beneficiaries Are Not Citizens
This op-ed from Sunday’s New York Times is the clearest assessment yet of the troubling choice posed by our reliance on private donors to supply public goods: generosity or democracy?  Of course we’re grateful for assistance in the fight against malaria, or in efforts to improve our parks; but when we’re always depending on the... Read more »

Giving Tuesday: No Giving Required

Giving Tuesday: No Giving Required
  Giving Tuesday is a mediocre idea made utterly worthless by the notion that people can participate without giving. From the Executive Service Corps: #GivingTuesday is almost here!  Has your organization tapped into this social movement? If you would like to increase brand awareness and engagement for your organization, as part of this movement, there... Read more »

If you're as confused about social media as the Nonprofiteer . . .

you may want to investigate Social Media for Nonprofits.  SM4NP describes itself as “the premier conference series devoted to social media for social good.” They’ll be in Chicago on October 29 offering a seminar on social-media fundraising.  Details here.  The group has a scholarship fund for small nonprofits; details on that here.
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Exploiting war on ISIS and the people who will fight it

Can you imagine a charity exploiting war on ISIS? The Nonprofiteer just received an e-mail from “Destroy ISIS Gear” inviting her to purchase t-shirts celebrating the nation’s decision to attack ISIS, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.  The purchase was framed as a benefit for the Wounded Warrior Project, a fine organization devoted to... Read more »

Julian Bond, Julius Rosenwald and the best way to do philanthropy

Julian Bond, Julius Rosenwald and the best way to do philanthropy
Over on another site, my thoughts about Julian Bond, Julius Rosenwald and the best way to do philanthropy.  If any of the Nonprofiteer’s readers happen to have control over any large pots of money, she hopes they’ll consider following the Rosenwald example. Yes, there’s the “go big and then go home” part–facing today’s needs is... Read more »

Surprise, surprise, surprise: For profit social services reduce costs by reducing quality

Surprise, surprise, surprise: For profit social services reduce costs by reducing quality
Now here’s a shocker: for profit social services reduce costs by reducing quality. The Nonprofiteer can’t imagine that the profit motive has anything to do with a business’s decision that labor is a cost center instead of the very thing we’re selling.  After all, every penny paid a worker is a penny out of shareholders’... Read more »
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What social entrepreneurship won't do (and its advocates won't tell you about)

What social entrepreneurship won’t do: This piece is a particularly acute account of the way things work, or don’t, in the nonprofit sector. The money graf, for the Nonprofiteer’s money: An uncomfortable truth: there are important social goods that nobody really wants to pay for. If you’re selling a product like an iPhone or a... Read more »
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    The Nonprofiteer is Kelly Kleiman, principal of NFP Consulting, which provides Board development, strategic planning and fund-raising services to charities and philanthropies. Through her consulting practice and in her guise as The Nonprofiteer, Kelly has spent the past 25-plus years helping small and mid-sized nonprofits organize themselves better and raise more money. These days she focuses especially on helping them use high-skill volunteers. Kelly is also a lawyer and freelance journalist whose reportage and essays have appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor and other dailies; in magazines including In These Times and Chicago Philanthropy; in the alternative press; on websites including the Huffington Post; and on the radio, including the BBC and WBEZ Chicago Public Radio. She and her fellow "Dueling Critic" Jonathan Abarbanel present a weekly podcast of their reviews of Chicago theater at DuelingCritics.net. Earlier in her career she was dean of admissions of IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law and Executive Director of the Chicago Children’s Choir, and practiced real estate and zoning law with the firm of Rudnick & Wolfe. Kelly holds undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Chicago. She was a founding Board member of the Association of Consultants to Nonprofits and also served for 5 years on the Board of the Association for Women Journalists–Chicago. She can be reached ("Dear Nonprofiteer . . .") at KellyNFP@yahoo.com.

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