“The secret to discovering your destiny is to find something you enjoy doing so much that you would be willing to do it for free.  Then, become so good at it that people are willing to pay you to do it.” – Jentezen Franklin

Nonprofit employees typically do a great job of achieving the first half of this quote.  Nonprofit folks know how to find and follow their passion. That’s good, but…

Some nonprofit folks haven’t figured out the second half of the quote – getting really good at what you do to fulfill that passion.

  • A nonprofit technology staffer should be just as smart as a for-profit technology staffer – if not smarter!
  • A nonprofit financial manager should be just as strategic as a for-profit financial manager – if not more strategic!
  • A nonprofit program coordinator should be just as skilled as a for-profit program coordinator – if not more skilled!

I don’t want our sector to get the LEFTOVERS from the for-profit sector. I want the nonprofit sector to have the best of the best people.

We need to continue to push ourselves to be better and better.  Why?  Because it’s not a simple matter of increasing profits.

It’s a matter of life and death. Our nonprofits address critical issues:  youth homelessness, human trafficking, physical disorders, and more.  We must be the very best – to provide the very best to our communities.

What do you think?  Is there room for improvement in the nonprofit sector?  Please leave a comment with your response.

Want more on how and why nonprofits can attract the best of the best? Read Nonprofit Nate’s recent post on compensation and our recruitment problem as a sector.

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