Received this from Vicky B., an amazing change agent and For Impact leader in Ireland. It’s an article by Kevin Carey, Chair of RNIB (Royal National Institute of Blind People).
He must know ‘For Impact’ is working in Ireland!!!
Read this article for a great take on the Irish 3rd Sector… and the U.S. as well!
Three great quotes:
- He also said charities might want to stop using the word ‘charity’ to describe themselves. “We are going to have to think of ourselves more as product developers, wholesalers and retailers, and less as campaigners and contractors,” Carey said. “Instead of seeing a problem and campaigning for somebody else to solve it, we need to solve it in parallel with a market analysis of how we can sell the SOLUTION.” (My caps.)
- In future, charities will have to become more transparent about the way they spend money and what impact they have.
- Trustees will also need to become much more willing to seriously consider all merger and acquisition options, and to stop putting the survival of their institution ahead of the needs of beneficiaries.
“WE HAVE TO FUND WHAT INVESTORS WANT AND SELL WHAT PEOPLE WANT TO BUY.”