Friday, July 22, 2005
  The Post-Nonprofit World Is Now Emerging
So writes, Andrea del Mora at Lip Magazine in the article titled, "The Revolution Will Not Be Funded". I am quoting some parts which hit me. Hard. The article is well worth reading.
For those of us seeking fundamental, revolutionary change, the nonprofit glut has cost us our broad-based social movements...

..."A lot of nonprofits have a bigger stake in staying alive than in accomplishing their mission," (Ruthie Gilmore)

Kim Klein tells of an anti-domestic-violence organization that created an endowment so that it could be funded in perpetuity. "An endowment allows you to exist forever. So…what are you saying? Are you saying there will always be domestic violence?" As appealing as the financial security of an endowment is, the goal of an organization working to end domestic violence (or poverty, police brutality, the death penalty or any of the other things that social justice activists are working to end) is to make its activities unnecessary.

This is the catch-22 for social justice advocates of working within the nonprofit structure. You work to solve the problem at its source, and therefore make your work obsolete. But you also want to be able to stick around long enough to actually do that, so you need to work in a way that promotes longevity, skill building, social networks, and organizational stability, so that the movement grows and people don't burn out.
Here is the link of the story again: The Revolution Will Not Be Funded.

I used to think on similar lines. But have been getting more and more blunt and "well-adjusted" about it. Considering that, things are going in the same direction in India, MSWs (Masters in Social Work) being more conscious of TA and DA, people being generally more appreciative of the way Nonprofits are becoming more professional and corporate.

This is a debate which would gather more weight in India than in US. Because, maybe we have had different traditions of "social work" and "social service". But like many other things, how our nonprofits work, for whom they work and why they work is increasingly being based on western standards and guidelines.

This "blood transfusion" sure seems to be pathogenic...

BTW the poetry section of LIP magazine is edited by my friend and co-blogger Miriam Hall. That is really great! It sure is.
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