..."A lot of nonprofits have a bigger stake in staying alive than in accomplishing their mission," (Ruthie Gilmore)Here is the link of the story again: The Revolution Will Not Be Funded.
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.
when sparks fly - consistenly, the nature of the filament decides what lights up and what fuses out
this blog is the filament2: constantly posted secondary news, signals, waves...
"other ways of lighting up"