I recently reread Matthew Richter’s great essay “The Nonprofit Motive” published in The Stranger a while ago. Richter has been the director at Consolidated Works, a performance and gallery space located in a warehouse in Seattle’s South Lake Union area. After an altercation with the board, he was let go.
In the essay, Richter points to why most nonprofits fail and questions if nonprofits are actually beneficial to a city. Seattle has a very high ratio of nonprofits per capita, and finally how ALL nonprofits are in competition for essentially a single pot of money:
“The influence this money exerts is often very positive, but can also be negative, sometimes pulling the organization away from its mission in favor of what the grantors want to see happen.”
— The NonProfit Motive by Matthew Richter