• Nikki Kirk

    I agree with this article wholeheartedly. There is no one organization or group capable of advocating on behalf of every issue, every organization (small, mid-sized, and large), or every region of the country for that matter. I think of Domestic Violence (DV), Sexual Assault (SA), and Children’s Advocacy. They have been conveniently lumped together for the purpose of funding and advocacy, but they often conflict due to one being more recognized (DV) and easier to see (literally). I would have to fight for SA victims in order to keep DV from sucking up all of the $$ and support. Who better to speak or advocate for you than yourself. It’s simply another way of suppressing the voices of the people.

  • Allan Shore

    Nice piece. I haven’t read the report yet but have it on my menu. You criticism makes me laugh, though, because I have struggled to get leading food justice agencies to look at new ideas for funding their efforts, mostly by turning the ATM/credit card processing system into a virtual giving machine that can bring in major streams of funding. Those interested can see my ideas at AngrySodas.wordpess.com. But they have turned away in favor of their own financial needs, which means the struggle for regular financial security becomes paramount. So I see why they turn selfish, though I would call it something else. Do appreciate your plug for the roots of the roots of good advocacy where great ideas like HRC take hold.

  • Nonprofit Reform Movement

    All nonprofit advocacy cannot be done from an organization viewpoint. Organizations by their nature have competing viewpoints. The sector lacks a nonprofit management professional association that could advocate on behalf of nonprofit management professionals. For example, government-nonprofit contracting is an employee retention issue. The fact that government reimbursements are slow prevents some nonprofits from retaining the talent they need to do an effective job.