It’s ironic that just as everyone’s talking about global warming, the American nonprofit sector seems to be going into an Ice Age: less and less money, which, like sunshine and warmth, we need to survive and grow.
As the Ice Age deepens, the poorly managed nonprofits will go first, but many important community nonprofits that have thrived for decades will find it impossible to survive. A few palm trees will thrive in greenhouses, protected and nurtured by foundations or wealthy individuals, and others will point to them as evidence that not everyone is struggling. But most of us are out in the unprotected world, and as it gets colder, we will need to become hardier. Two things to remember: first, times really are hard; many of the best organizations and fundraisers are hurting — it’s not just you. And second, think about changing your approach from struggling to survive, to ensuring that we prevail.
In this issue, we discuss how to think about closing a nonprofit. And in Part 2 of our Nonprofit Retirement series, we look at ways you can save and your organization can help you Â save (next issue will focus on people who don’t have time to save). — Jan Masaoka
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