Isn’t it crazy how many names we use to describe our work?  Are we having an identity crisis – unsure of who we are, what we are supposed to do, and how special we really are?

Below, I’ve posed a broad inquiry. The corresponding answer is the relevant name that may be used when answering the question.  Each name emphasizes certain characteristics and ignores others.  Check it out:

Pondering what needs to be done to make our world better?
Consider….Social Good, Public Good

Want to discuss generally people’s engagement and giving behaviors?
Talk about…Civil Society, Philanthropy

Interested in the organizations that administer and coordinate engagement and giving activities?
Focus on…Nonprofit, Non-Profit, Not-for-Profit Organizations

Need to discuss the purpose and intention of the organizations?
Discuss…For-Benefit, Community-Benefit Organizations

Wondering about the special tax laws that affect these organizations?
Analyze…Tax-Exempt, 501(c)(3) Organizations

Curious about the role of these organizations in relationship to different types of organizations in other sectors?
Compare and contrast…Independent Sector, Third Sector

What have I forgotten? Leave a comment with your favorite name to discuss our work!