Wednesday, December 7, 2011
BIG’s Blog: Can Nonprofits Innovate?
In Monday’s blog, I explained both the philosophy of why our company searches out new “innovative” fund raising business models for today’s nonprofit fund raisers, but also why it is so core to our mission that we incorporate the word “innovation” into our company’s name.
But this begs the question, “Can nonprofits innovate themselves?”
My answer is that “yes” nonprofits can innovate; in fact, I could cite examples of surprising and successful innovation in the nonprofit world. But, I would also make the blanket statement that, as nonprofit organizations, including their fund raising arms, become institutions over time, older institutions are extremely resistant to change.
Virtually 100% of our client base is made up of nonprofit institutions that are 50+ years old and needed outside help to guide needed change.
However, I would be the first to say that if your organization has the internal resources, expertise and leadership commitment, by-all-means commit to innovate internally.
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