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Should Non-Profits Make Money? – denise rose (Transcript)

Here is the full transcript and summary of denise rose’s talk titled “Should Non-Profits Make Money?” at TEDxHieronymusPark conference.

In this TEDx talk, denise rose discusses how the non-profit paradigm needs to be reformed to make a significant impact on society. She emphasizes the importance of non-profits valuing themselves and their impact, and argues that they should not always operate at a financial loss. She also discusses the importance of compensating leaders at an appropriate living wage and investing in their own growth.

Listen to the audio version here:


All right. Now, do me a favor and close your eyes for just a minute and imagine a world without. A world without homelessness, a world without food deprivation, and a world without abuse. A world without oppression where the arts can inspire and beautify and a world without limits where people who need help can get it and the people who want to help can afford to give it. Can you picture that?

Now, open your eyes. Let’s talk about how to make that vision a reality. Many changes need to happen, but we need to start with two. And part of that is reimagining the nonprofit paradigm. We expect nonprofits to do the Herculean work of making our world a better place to live, work, and play. But at the same time, we make that task nearly impossible by hobbling them at every step. So, I wish there was some easy answer, but you and I both know there isn’t.

What I do know is that we can make a real difference, and that will start with our relationship with the nonprofit sector. First, we need to change how the public perceives nonprofits. And second, we need to change how nonprofits perceive and value themselves.

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