Nonprofit Blog Carnival – Disrupting the Status Quo of the Nonprofit Sector


Back in July, I invited you to think about how you might change the nonprofit sector. Summers tend to be slower, and it’s a great time to reflect on what’s been done, what needs to be done, and how we might tackle our challenges differently when the leaves start to fall (I’m in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan… they’re sadly already starting to turn.)

I asked you

  1. In your opinion, what are some of the biggest issues with our sector, and what are some ways we can work towards solving them?
  2. What are ways that you’ve begun to work for a better sector? Are you an unabashed donor lover? Are you involved in changing board/staff dynamics? Are you an overhead myth dispeller extraordinaire?
  3. If you could start over, what would you do differently? This could be specific to your organisation or the sector in general.
  4. In what ways are you disrupting the status quo?
  5. Where have you seen and felt change in our sector?
  6. How do we change the world and change ourselves?

The responses I received provides us with some really great food for thought – reading material that is going to be useful for you as you think about the next six months and beyond!

For starters, head over to The Agitator and read every single post in their Starting Over series – everything from strategy to direct mail to donor stewardship is discussed in this very interesting and helpful series.

Then head over to Lean Nonprofit where Sarai Johnson discusses the idea of whether or not we should be thinking about changing the name of our sector to something flashier. And while you’re at it, check out the brilliant series on nonprofits and the culture of poverty.

Bill Kennedy discusses the idea of too many charities – and what charities should be doing to engage right now!

Jeremy Koch over at Empower Nonprofits took time to ponder my question and came up with his top three ways of disrupting our sector.

Marlene Oliveira of moflow and NonprofitMarCommunity has a great reminder – not all marketing is fundraising!

How many times have you heard “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it?” Chad Barger takes a look at disrupting this mindset to help create change in our sector.

Heather Dauphiny explains her philosophy of disrupting the status quo by taking the best of the tried and true and mixing it with bold new ideas.

Is it time to eliminate the charitable giving tax deduction? Erik Anderson explores this question.

Stephanie Highfield has a beautiful plan for when she wins the lottery. No, it isn’t to start a nonprofit… it’s to get nonprofit workers the treatment they deserve!


Thank you so much to everyone who contributed their ideas – and keep them coming! The more we question and explore the better off we’ll all be!

Next month…. 

Be sure to check out Kivi’s call for August’s Nonprofit Blog Carnival, all about summer work and reflection!