It’s time to invest in non-profits with impact: Michael Smith at TEDxMidAtlantic

Michael Smith is the Director of the United States government’s Social Innovation Fund, a key White House initiative and program of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). The SIF mobilizes private and public resources to grow community-based nonprofits with evidence of impact. Previously, Michael served as Senior Vice President for Social Innovation at the Case Foundation, where he led social innovation strategy, including investments, programs and partnerships.

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  • A very enlightened perspective on the effectiveness of nonprofit organizations. I am in total agreement that these nonprofits should be accountable to the community… having a truly impact . What is on paper is not the reality that we need, especially from larger nonprofits that have the resources to manipulate the policymakers and large donors. What's needed is a longitudinal study on examining those nonprofits which are government sponsored and possibly redistributing key resources to smaller organizations that are making a profound difference in our communities through their labor of love, often without pay or little pay, if at all.

  • I am so drained when it comes to videos like this because I have the knowledge, the program written down on paper but I don't have the three people required to start a nonprofit here where I live.

  • He is suggesting that nonprofits perform like for profit corporations. However, nonprofits are restrained by social pressure to limit overhead to below 20{2926adbe9d5efe15cdd71803f3adbd0753091c5491a4687b622765a0a93bb12e}, to not pay employee market value, to have a volunteer board of directors. If we want nonprofits to perform like successful for profits businesses we have to remove the restrictions limiting their performance.

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