Nonprofit Blog Carnival – An Invocation for New Beginnings: Disrupting the Status Quo of the Nonprofit Sector

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Inefficient. Ineffective. Navel gazing. Problematic. Self-centred. Un-collaborative. Backwards. Behind the times. Pushy. Weak. Complacent. Confused. Just not very effective.

No, these aren’t my performance reviews for those two weeks I worked in a sketchy diner run by legitimate bandits.

They’re words I’ve heard used to describe the non-profit sector.

They’re not very nice words, are they?

And while I disagree with sweeping generalisations of any kind, I do believe that we as a sector have a lot of work to do.

Let’s face it. There are a lot of things that just aren’t all that rosy when it comes to the non-profit world.

I’ve been very interested in a series over at the Agitator on starting over. Tom and Roger have been diving into the idea of how things could be done differently, if we had the courage, imagination, and desire to start from scratch.

If you know me, you know that I’ve got the penchant to do things a little differently. I am a massive advocate for people who work in our sector. I am inspired by individuals who find ways to do meaningful change work in what are often the strict confines of the norm. I love the friction of great dialogue and debate, and believe the cross pollination of all ideas will only make us stronger, if we have the courage to have those conversations.

How can we change the world if we don’t have the courage to change ourselves?

So let’s take this next month together to reflect on where we’ve been, come to grips with where we are, and imagine where we could go if we chose to walk a different road.

This month’s topic: how to disrupt, shake up, and change our sector

I want to hear what you think! Here are some guiding questions for you to ponder, but feel free to go off roading into your own imagination!

  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?

So, what exactly is a Nonprofit Blog Carnival?

It’s a monthly round-up of blog posts on topics for people like you, at nonprofits. Each month, the host creates a theme and sends out the call (in a post like this) for posts on that topic. Then the host (that’s me!) collects the best posts in a round-up post towards the end of the month.

You can write a post for your own website or blog. It doesn’t have to be specifically for the Carnival, or even mention the Carnival. I’ll review the submissions and we’ll feature the best in a post toward the end of the month.

Here’s how to submit:

  1. Write a blog post, or even choose a recent post that fits the theme.
  2. Submit your post via email to: Be sure to include your name, your blog’s name and the URL of the post (not your blog homepage).
  3. Get your post in by the end of the day on Friday, August 5. Check back on Monday, August 8 to see if we’ve included your post in the July blog carnival.

What’s in it for you?

When your post is included in the blog carnival, you’ll bring new traffic to your blog and help raise its online profile. We’ll link back to your blog post. And you’ll get your writing in front of new readers.

Plus, you’ll be helping others do a great job saying thanks. And for that, we’ll all be very grateful!

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If you need a bit of inspiration…

Watch this. I’ve shared it often, but I don’t feel like it ever gets old.

Fundraisers of the world, unite and take over! 

And be sure to check out last month’s Nonprofit Blog Carnival collection of awesome, curated by Nancy Schwartz at Getting Attention about creating all-staff marketing teams.