…unless we are intimately involved in the not-for-profit sector, chances are our awareness of it is limited to the above. The charitable and not-for-profit sector is something most of us take for granted, if we think about it at all: relative to its business and government peers, it is little discussed and not well understood.
In other words, rarely do we go further and consider what lies behind the kinds of activities referred to above – the organisations, the people, the funds, the philosophies.
Rarely too do we stop and consider whether all this activity actually works – at the functional level (inside the organisations themselves), and at the ‘big picture’ level, where questions such as is charity the best way to address global poverty or local ills, and to what extent are donations of time and or money effective in addressing these ills might arise. In other words, we fail to question what happens or changes as a result of not-for-profit or charitable enterprise and whether or not it works.
And what of our relationship with charity? It might serve us to also ask:
This site is dedicated to answering these questions and more.
In examining the ‘ins and outs’ of all things related to charity, philanthropy and the not-for-profit sector it aims to:
Whilst it promises to at times be both thought-provoking and challenging, the site will be founded in calm, considered and philosophical ponderings on a range of topics through the use of blogs, podcasts, articles, interviews and more. It does not claim to have all the answers – or all the questions – and actively seeks input from interested parties wherever they are located.
From experienced insider to not-for-profit newcomer, Nonprofit Explore is available to all to ponder the nature and purpose of charitable, philanthropic and not-for-profit enterprise, and the nature of charity itself. The conversation starts now, and your contributions are welcome.
by Nonprofit Explore