To the editor,
I enjoy my weekly dose of Philanthropy Journal. It gives me a quick and easy update on the happenings around, and opinions of those in, the nonprofit sector. All the best for continued success with your very enlightening e-newsletter.
I was amazed at the audacity of Mr. Krizack’s comment: “Moreover, those attracted to the nonprofit world tend not to be business people. The people who are good at making money go into private business.”
I beg to differ with Mr. Krizack. As a nonprofit consultant with an MBA, I use my business training constantly to assist nonprofits with their fundraising and marketing challenges.
Moreover, I work with many talented leaders in the nonprofit sector whose savvy — whether it be in marketing, finance, management, accounting or a related discipline — has made all the difference in their enterprises succeeding.
More than once have I seen a nonprofit turned around through the business acumen and astute leadership of an executive director.
Now, more than ever, business people are entering the nonprofit sector to make a genuine difference.
Take John Wood, founder of Room to Read, whose social entrepreneurship, success at raising money and ability to keep expenses rock-bottom low are case studies in how to do things the correct way.
Would Mr. Krizack dare say that this successful former executive with Microsoft is “not a business person?”
There are plenty of good business people at the helm of nonprofits, and the organizations — and the constituents they serve — are all the better for it.
Robert M. Marovich, vice president, Clyde P. Watkins and Associates, Chicago