There is a commonly used saying in our society that goes something like: “Nonprofits need to think and act more like businesses.” One reason this phrase is so often repeated and so widely believed is because as a nation we are still figuring out how to effectively manage nonprofit organizations. More specifically, we lack a commonly understood nonprofit business model (at least one that is truly sustainable).
This session will be a facilitated dialogue with Matthew Downey, director of nonprofit services at the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy. His provocative insights are gleaned from 25 years working in the sector and an intense eight years in nonprofit capacity building. His conclusion is that nonprofits do not need to be more like businesses. They need to be more like nonprofits. We need to better define what that is.
The conversation will focus on the “obsessions of successful nonprofits.” Several of these obsessions are things businesses would never do. Yet, they are essential to nonprofit impact and sustainability. Are his obsessions your organization’s obsessions too?
This event is FREE!
Attendees are invited to bring their lunch. Coffee, tea, and water will be provided.
Presenter: Matthew Downey, M.P.A., director of nonprofit services, Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy at Grand Valley State University