Thursday, March 28, 2013

Investment making named most disabling “Nonprofit Fear”

The subject of today’s post comes from a Huffington Post article discussing the fears present in the nonprofit sector. The article provides a list of the different forms of “Nonprofit Fear.” The list includes:

  • Fear of making an investment
  • Fear of change
  • Fear of losing a donor
  • Fear of being honest
  • Fear of money
  • Fear of competition

The article claims these fears are disabling and they prevent nonprofit organizations from realizing their full potential. The author suggests that the biggest fear of nonprofits is the fear of making an investment.

For many nonprofit organizations, the fear of making an investment is a legitimate one. Many nonprofit organizations do not generate a lot of money, their funders are tired, and they are often working just to get by. However, the article argues that if more nonprofits would make an investment in transformation, this change would help to effectuate the organization's vision. Essentially, this type of an investment is one in which nonprofits investment time, energy, and mind share to come up with new opportunities. It involves the organization taking risks in situations when it normally would not be inclined to do otherwise.


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