The always sharp Vu Le posted another entertaining article over at Nonprofit With Balls where he bastes the well-worn topic of nonprofits being told to act more like for profits in his unique brand of sharp-tongued marinade.
Le’s post articulates what most arts admins think in the back of their mind when being lectured by some self-righteous leadership figure about acting more like a for profit and seeing it in print never gets old.
But instead of merely preaching to the choir, Le does an excellent job at identifying seven areas where nonprofits would absolutely love grant those requests provided there’s an equal amount of quid pro quo from funders and board leadership. My favorite of these is “Invest significant funding” which points out the hypocrisy of unrealistic expectations in light of unbalanced funding.
One item I’d like to add to the mix is taking internal culture seriously enough to quantify it.
Have you ever wondered why you don’t see a nonprofit performing arts organization list similar to the Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For® List?
Regular readers already know that workplace satisfaction within the orchestra admin field has been an ongoing topic here over the years and if there’s one area where our business would improve by adopting for profit standards (and the related resources), this is it.
But I’m curious to know what you think, what else would you add to Vu Le’s list?