Nor should nonprofits look at themselves as contractors or vendors. They’re the engineers actually running the train – the ones fighting poverty, saving lives, improving education, helping people directly. Yes, they’re a professional class in general and paid for their work. But their expertise and commitment are as important in fueling the social sector as donor dollars. In my view, there are two reasons why nonprofits, social entrepreneurs, and the organizers of social causes should stand tall and and lean toward a stance of equality in their dealings with funders – and not beg too much for that static pool of philanthropic dollars.
Philanthropy’s Power Gap: Nonprofits Ain’t Too Proud To Beg (Though Maybe They Should Be)