Saw this on Beth Kanter’s blog post Generation Generosity. Whether we’re in a for-profit business or a not-for profit organization, it’s far to easy to focus on scarcity. I think slides like these help us re-center on abundance.
In the same post, Beth pulls out notes from a report by Trendwatching. While written for businesses, it’s great reading, and a good reminder for nonprofits about how our cultural trends seem to be shifting. Here’s a quote about using online tools I liked from what she pulled out:
Don’t think this a passing phenomenon: younger generations practically live online, while over the last dozen or so years, virtually every prediction of how the web would infiltrate the ‘offline’ world has proven too conservative. As our favorite online guru, Kevin Kelly, rightly stated a few years ago: ‘online culture is the culture’.
Another great reason to be getting proficient at having a highly engaged virtual side to your nonprofit. Beth’s Blog can be a great help on that journey!
What is useful to nonprofits from this information?
Great question, Beth!
I should’ve added more editorial rather than just some links.
The NP benefit is two fold:
(1) It’s good to remember that donors and businesses are being reminded that generosity is good for business.
(2) There are times when NP folks focus on scarcity over abundance. I wanted to remind each of us that generosity pays, on many levels.
I’ve thought of one more:
(3) I’m blessed that many readers of this blog wouldn’t classify themselves as “nonprofit staff.” They’re board members, volunteers, even founders of nonprofits who have other income avenues. This is a great reminder for them too!
There. I’ve now annotated the links making this more of a real blog post!
For those of you reading this after my edits, I’d originally just posted the slideshow and the quote excerpt. I’d hoped that would be enough to get you to check out Beth’s blog. But I think my comments give the links more context.
I hope you agree!