The Misplaced Pride of Non-Profit Leaders

It’s been a busy month as I’ve been making my rounds attending and speaking at events for and about the non-profit/charitable sector. I love connecting with some of the sharpest, most passionate, and driven people who are genuinely trying to make the world a better place in their own way. It’s always invigorating and inspiring.

But it can also get frustrating. Almost every time, I’m struck by a misplaced pride in the way non-profit leaders operate and speak about their organizations. Most non-profit leaders have been conditioned to tout the fact that their non-profit or charity is mostly or entirely volunteer-based, that they have no physical office, that they have next to zero overhead costs.

And it drives me nuts because what kinds of standards are we setting for the people who have dedicated their lives for the betterment of others?

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