Elizabeth (Liz) Heath founded and directs the Nonprofit Center in Tacoma, Washington, which serves the South Puget Sound region, and is membership co-chair for the Alliance for Nonprofit Management, a national professional organization. Last year Liz hosted and produced "Reaching Out," a community television program featuring local nonprofits.
On the way to work this morning I saw a liquidation sale sign in the window of one of my neighborhood coffee shops. This triggered my thinking about the impact of the economic challenges on the nonprofit sector.
This coffee shop has been there for about three years. When they opened I wondered what kind of business planning they had done. A block away is a Starbucks with fantastic staff members who make a point of connecting with their customers. And one more block to the south is an upscale, locally owned market with a great coffee shop. They also have a loyal following.
I live south of Seattle, so three coffee shops in a two-block area might seem to . . .