• Al Huntoon

    A truly incredible post! Thank you for the in-depth coverage and analysis
    of pending policy trends that could affect the nonprofit sector. I couldn’t
    agree more with you when you write about the troubling “bias toward large
    nonprofits when the bulk of the nation’s nonprofit sector is comprised by
    smaller organizations.” I can only hope that the role of these
    organizations in creating both social value and economic benefit will be
    recognized.

  • CohenReport

    Thanks again, Al. I think you’ll see in an upcoming Cohen Report posting my concern about some of the very large nonprofits with inside tracks into the federal government (regardless of the governing party in Congress or the White House) speaking for the nonprofit sector. Sometimes we at NPQ get some guff that in some of our articles we lean toward the smaller nonprofits. Given that 93 percent of operating nonprofits function with less than $1 million in total annual revenues (according to the National Council of Nonprofits), this NPQ “bias” puts us in league with the bulk of the nonprofit sector that connects with communities across the nation. There are many writers and analysts admired by the Cohen Report, but we constantly return to trying to remember Robert Dahl’s question of “who benefits” and Floyd Hunter’s concerns of who is really calling the shots. We’ll keep looking for answers to those questions regarding nonprofit policy here at NPQ.

  • NPQ Admin

    The comments below have been made in response to POLICY MEMORANDUM: A Scan of Nonprofit Policy Recommendations for the Obama Administration at NPQ’s Cohen Report Web site.

    Join the conversation here ([url]http://www.nonprofitquarterly.org/cohenreport/2009/02/11/policy-memorandum-a-scan-of-nonprofit-policy-recommendations-for-the-obama-administration/[/url])!

    By: Rick Cohen
    Dear Jeff: Thanks for the kind comments. It’s great to see NPQ and the Cohen Report linked to the Development Training Institute. For those NPQ/CR readers who don’t know, DTI has long been the foremost capacity-builder and leadership developer in the community development sector. But DTI’s reach is broader than community developers, it really gets to community-based organizations of various kinds. I appreciate having CR and NPQ materials distributed through the DTI network. Thanks, Jeff.
    02/12/2009 09:07 PM

    By: Rick Cohen
    Marion, thank you for the kind comments. I think you’re comment points to something i raised in the MEMO concerning the assumption by many, including some national nonprofits lobbying the Obama Administration, that nonprofit workers don’t need good wages, career paths, even living wages. Take a look at the comments I cited from the American Prospect’s Bob Kuttner. There’s something there that needs to be addressed. Regarding another federal agency or commission for nonprofits, in this case I’m a little inclined toward the position I’ve seen attributed to Brian Gallagher of the United Way, that rather than an agency or commission for nonprofits, we need government to provide better assistance to the poor and disadvantaged, which would boost nonprofits much more than a new agency or a new bubkas-funded social innovation fund. But we’ll see, won’t we? Thanks for your feedback.
    02/12/2009 09:05 PM

    By: Marian Conway
    Thanks for the extensive and well researched piece, Rick. I do have issues with yet another government agency or commission, this one to assist nonprofits. It will be staffed with government workers–making union scale while, as we all know, nonprofit workers are paid on a whole different scale.
    02/12/2009 08:10 PM

    By: Jeff Nugent
    This is at once the most comprehensive and readable analysis I have seen regarding what has happened with the stimulus package and the nonprofit sector thus far. We will be forwarding this link to our network of leaders of community organizations around the country. Thanks Rick–keep up the great work!
    02/12/2009 04:56 PM

    By: Nathaniel Whittemore
    Really, really great post – an incredibly valuable tool for anyone interested in this. Cited as a must read here: http://socialentrepreneurship.change.org/blog/view/the_daily_entrepeneur_obama_nonprofits_small_business_vc_and_mobile4dev Thanks!
    02/12/2009 12:00 AM

    By: Jib
    http://www.studentloanjubilee.blogspot.com Discharging student loan debt if a graduate works for a charity or other non-profit is an excellent idea. Jib
    02/11/2009 08:00 PM

    By: Al Huntoon
    A truly incredible post! Thank you for the in-depth coverage and analysis of pending policy trends that could affect the nonprofit sector. I couldn’t agree more with you when you write about the troubling “bias toward large nonprofits when the bulk of the nation’s nonprofit sector is comprised by smaller organizations.” I can only hope that the role of these organizations in creating both social value and economic benefit will be recognized.
    02/11/2009 05:32 PM