Is Your Nonprofit’s Mission Disruptable? Remove “Rose Colored” Glasses!
By: Eugene Fram
The missions of many in independent book stores have been disrupted in recent years, although a few with unique offerings seem to be making a comeback. Nonprofit board members and managers may feel their missions are immune to disruption. They come to the following conclusions, using the proverbial rose-colored glasses.*
- Our board is doing a great job!
- We have no worries—we have (or just hired) a great CEO or Executive Director!
- When push comes to shove, our board can raise big dollars!
- Our board of directors is like a good family!
But nonprofit realists know it can happen—they point to Easter Seals that successfully modified its mission when polio vaccine was introduced. In contrast, many nonprofits offering face-to face counseling services failed to understand the impact of new pharmaceuticals, the number of counseling agencies declined. (more…)