Nonprofits need strategic philanthropy. Make no mistake about it, the need is urgent and should not be confused with “big bet” or “audacious philanthropy.” Instead of reinforcing the mythology that reinforces the bigness of philanthropy and the source of change, nonprofits need philanthropists who bring partnerships, strategic investments, and humility.
The social sector bracing for challenging times ahead and nonprofits need philanthropic partners, not philanthropy-driven “moonshots” to solve big social problems (with perhaps the exception of disease research) moonshots are a distraction. We in the middle of an unprecedented challenge to the social contract that our government has with we the people. We need leadership of a different kind from philanthropy.
Nonprofits need philanthropists and foundations to stop perseverating, be fearless advocates, engage nonprofits, give up control and fund proactively.
The framework for the discussion was the reality of the strategic challenges that confronting the nonprofit sector.
Forward thinking nonprofits are engaged in ongoing planning and the larger and more complex the nonprofit is, those conversations must include frank conversations about restructuring, breaking up and focusing on the organization’s core competencies.
Nonprofits are now faced with crisis and rage giving and need to strategically respond to this trend.
For a nonprofit approaching a crisis, it is important to assess your situation and have a disaster planning conversation.
As a nonprofit leader your need to stress test of your current strategic plan.
Your nonprofit strategy needs to be grounded in knowing your core competencies because they are essential to the DNA of your organization.
Moving towards an uncertain horizon has begun and nonprofit leaders need to have the courage to aggressively lead their organizations forward.