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Too Many Nonprofits Exist to Exist


Half of the ‘not-for-profits’ exists to exist. Or so it seems to me many times, living in the field.

A classic case is the ‘not-for-profit’ that was started by a passionate founder 20 years ago. There was a catalyst… a purpose… a vision.

Forward 20 years and today the board and staff get together to figure out how to meet the operating budget. They do strategic plans that articulate priorities that include capacity (growth) and quality… to what end?

Does your organization exist to exist?
What is its raison d’être?
When was the last time we asked this question?

For many organizations, answering the WHY question is the first and most important step really having more impact.