Did you notice one of the changes at Starbucks recently? It’s really kind of subtle. Free wi-fi. In the past, you’d go to Starbucks and you either had to have an AT&T account, or you had to have a Starbucks card to use their wireless.
There’s much occurring in the non profit landscape. The astute observer should be and always willing to look behind the covers of what is happening. Here’s a few thoughts to help bring sense to what is happening: 1. 25% of non profits will lose their tax exempt status. 2. Because of the downturn, 8% of non profits will close their doors. 3. The 40 million Boomers moving towards retirement means that more non profits will open their doors. 4. Good news: the non profit sector will continue to experience a demand for services.
n the first part of 2010, Guidestar reported that 4 in 10 charities reported a decline in giving from January 1 to May 31, 2010. Three in 10 had cut back on budgets and more than half reported they had saved money by cutting back on programs. Half of all non profits had frozen staff salaries. In light of this gloomy news, how should the non profit respond? 1. Seek a Development Partner. 2. Seek strategic partnerships and collaborations. 3. Seek to crystallize your vision and mission and ruthlessly eliminate anything inconsistent with those.