Mission Motivation and Why It Matters The nonprofit sector is home to a staggering diversity of missions and purposes, but there are just two archetypal origins that inspire mission, or mission motivations. Missions are either primarily motivated by external or internal forces to the individual or group defining the mission. The category your mission falls into may help explain some of the inequities in funding you encounter as well as the manner in which you argue impact, build a resource model, think about scale, and…Continue Reading “The Inequities of Doing Good”

Why Fiscal Sponsors Might Lead the Reimagination of our Post-COVID Sector Fiscal sponsors are well positioned to lead our sector to reimagine and reconstruct a more sustainable, impactful and equitable social good community in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic. Yet the fiscal sponsorship ecosystem is under-built, poorly understood, and itself struggling with lack of capacity. In recent weeks, we have heard calls in the nonprofit sector for reimagination and reconstruction, not recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. “Recovery” implies returning to a previous state. Our…Continue Reading “A Call to Action for Fiscal Sponsors”

A New Framework for the Nonprofit Sector The Problem. The American nonprofit sector, from its origins in the early 20th century, has built itself in the image of the private sector. Private sector thinking, assumptions, values and practices have intruded the management of what is actually a commons–a set of resources (financial, human, physical, intellectual) that are stewarded and sustained for the benefit of a defined group of people. This misapplication of private management and free-market thinking to a landscape of commons resources is the…Continue Reading “Reclaiming Common Good”