Are Non Profit Organizations Better?
Non profit organizations appeal to people because they think they're being noble as part of a not-for-profit organization. Just the thought of being part of a money grubbing for-profit organization doesn't sit well with some folks.
Don't let this be an excuse for not pursuing small business ideas of your own that are for-profit.
For-profit enterprises must have a focus on efficiency, and that just isn't a concern when it comes to not-for-profits.
Other than that, there really isn't much difference between the two types of organizations.
Here is something else that you might not realize about not-for-profit organizations - they are completely infested with for-profit individuals, and are intensely focused on profits - getting their hands on the profits of others.
Let's look at some of the facts that you may have overlooked about profit and non profit organizations:
- If you work for a not-for-profit outfit, you get a paycheck. The pay you receive is profit. You are taxed on your pay as income. That is profit from your labor. When you are employed by a non profit organization, you are there for profit.
- Charities are not-for-profit, but they depend on donations that come out of the profits that others make through their employment.
- Most everyone at a not-for-profit organization gets paid just like you do. Organizers and management of the outfit are being paid very well in most cases, and profit drives these people to join and stay in these organizations.
- There are many for-profit organizations that make the clothes you wear, the car you drive, the medicines you take and the food you eat. They also construct the home you live in and the furniture and appliances in it. Cut out the for-profit companies, and you can cut out about 99.999% of what you enjoy in life.
- The government is a non profit organization, heavily focused on taking away your profits. You make wealth, and they consume it. They don't care if you work for a charity or a commercial enterprise, they want a piece of your pay - they want some of your profits.
- If you are a government employee providing government service, you are being paid, and your paycheck is profit.
- Our legislators are paid as well, so their public service is profitable for them.
You see, working for a non profit organization like a charity or government isn't all that noble. Many people think so, but they're just fooling themselves. It's the excuse they give themselves to avoid thinking about their own small business ideas.
If it wasn't for all the for-profit enterprises, the charities and governments would collapse because there wouldn't be any wealth created by others to keep them going.
I know several well known not for-profit organizations where family and friends are hired at nice salaries, and volunteers do most of the work. Management has nice offices, high salaries, and spend lots of donated money unnecessarily, but we tend to view them differently because they are not-for-profit.
Don't fool yourself, a not-for-profit enterprise doesn't mean that you don't make profit. Nor does it mean that it doesn't benefit (or feed on) the profit of others. It most certainly does.
Done with Non Profit, take me back to List of Excuses