Changes In the Nonprofit Sector
Since change is constantly affecting our lives, Monte Sahlin provides the following for consideration by anyone who is currently participating in a ministry.
“Nonprofit organizations are acting more like commercial businesses these days. That is the conclusion in a very interesting article in a recent issue of Futures Research Quarterly (Vol. 23, No. 1). An excerpt from the article: ‘Does the sector potentially care more about its self-interests and its organizations as opposed to its constituencies, its mission, or its stewardship? Does the sector do whatever it needs to do to acquire necessary resources for its organizations? Does the sector appear to be advocating, not on behalf of the people and communities it serves, but for its own self-interest and for the budgets and programs that support their own operations? ... forward-thinking nonprofit organizations are laying the groundwork for their own survival. Due to the continued pressures placed on the sector by the general public, elected officials, the business sector and IRS, survival, self-interest, and preservation through advocacy appear to be the major artillery to allow it to traverse the 21st century as a prominent and significant force. ‘Consequently, human services will be different in the 21st century.’
“ ‘As the lines between nonprofit and for-profit corporations continue to blur, it will further make the general public question nonprofit organizations and certainly keep them under the watchful eye of governmental authorities. ... social entrepreneurship and social enterprises [will] continue to grow and flourish.’
“What does this mean for faith-based nonprofits? Are congregations and communities ministries able to hold to a more altruistic sense of mission, or must they too be shaped by our consumer society? How does a faith-based charity demonstrate that its belief in God is more important than allegiance to free-market economics?”
INNOVATIONewsletter, November 8, 2007, The Center for Creative Ministry