Non-Profits Touch All of Our Lives

May 17, 2016 Blog

Take a few minutes to read the article below.  A link to the full article is listed below.  This is a great explanation of how non-profits touch us all.


“When we invest in for-profits we do so for the potential of realizing more value (thicker wallet) to us as individuals. When we donate money to Non profits we give our money with no hope of self gain. Therefore those of us who give our hard earned money have every right to judge a non profit any way we want, take as much time as we want to fund our decision, expect overhead to be as low as possible, expect that our donation does not go to an over paid CEO, that the gift will make a difference in the long haul, [etc.]”

Sigh. All right, for-profit folks, we need to have a talk. Some of you don’t seem to believe that you gain anything by supporting nonprofits. You do it out of the goodness of your own heart, like the kind, generous people that you are. When you buy a roll of toilet paper or some chocolate or subscribe to Netflix, clearly you benefit, but when you donate to a nonprofit that helps the homeless, why, that’s just you helping those poor, down-trodden families out of the goodness of your own heart, expecting nothing in return, because you’re kind and generous.

I know I’m being snarky, mainly because I just watched the latest episode of Game of Thrones and yet another good character gets killed. There are tons of awesome for-profit people who are not condescending and paternalistic (thank you!). But this philosophy of “we don’t benefit directly from the work of nonprofits” seems to be prevalent in our society, and it’s been leading to no-good, very-bad things like restricted funding and fear of overhead and unwillingness to pay for nonprofit professionals’ salaries.

Well, let me tell you something, my for-profit friends. Just because you can’t hold or see something does not mean you do not benefit from it. All of us benefit more from nonprofits’ work than we’ll ever know. If you feel safe walking down the street, it’s probably because there are nonprofits working on neighborhood safety and providing services to those who need help. If you appreciate all the free art and music all around you, it’s probably because there are nonprofits supporting kick-ass artists and musicians in the community. If you like parks and clean air, it’s probably because there are nonprofits focused on making sure there are green spaces and recycling and clean transportation. If you like organic food, there’s probably a bunch of nonprofits fighting hard for policies around labeling and GMO.

To read the full article, click here


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