It is not unusual to hear nonprofit organizations and consultants discuss how they need to become more “corporate” in their approach or how they need to operate more “like a business.” Yet, this is not where most nonprofits are willing to put precious resources. Why?
To answer this question, check out this video of a TEDxWilmington in which Chris Grundner talks about modern-day nonprofit governance and he states that passion is not enough. Mr. Grundner is the CEO and president of the Delaware Alliance for Nonprofit Advancement.
The third sector continues to place an emphasis on vision over management. We want to hire the best “visionary” we can find for our nonprofit mission.
However, this choice can come at the expense of effective management. Management (e.g., talented people, IT systems, and effective human resources) do not excite donors. Donors rarely want to fund supportive administrative operations. I know I do not look here first. I want my dollars to support the grass root level of service.