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Jacob Lief: “Why Can’t We Sell Charity Like We Sell Perfume?”

by Rachel L. West, MSW, LMSW
The Political Social Worker

Jacob Lief: “Why Can’t We Sell Charity Like We Sell Perfume?” Because the Product Affects the Process.

This push for nonprofits to behave like corporations leaves a bad taste in my mouth. I don’t have a problem with social entrepreneurship.  I think that there is a lot of good that can come out of that.  I also do not see social enterprises as being the same thing or as a replacement for non-profits.  However, this concept that NPOs need to start acting like for-profit business is concerning and, I believe, could be bad for the individuals and communities that the organizations serve.

What do you think?

Posted by Rachel L. West

In addition to being the founder of The Political Social Worker blog, I am a consultant. My consulting practice offers advocacy and community outreach solutions to nonprofits, social good organizations, and private practitioners. Additionally, I offer career coaching to macro social work students and professionals.

One comment

  1. Hi Rachel:

    I understand your concern. But the idea of behaving more like for profit company is a complex one. I believe many founders + ceo’s of NPOs are seeking a better way to do charity. Charity needs a reform. And many leading change makers are looking to make their npo’s better. Opting into a new ways but not necessarily becoming just like for profits.

    here is a great video challenging the way we do “charitable work” https://www.chicagoideas.com/videos/229


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