We often complain about the proliferation of nonprofits, and ask why people with ideas about service to humanity don’t join with those already serving humanity instead of striking out on their own. But the Nonprofiteer has noticed how frequently her ideas are shot down by people with the capacity to execute them. Perhaps this reflects the ideas’ weakness; but it may also reflect the "Not Invented Here" phenomenon, which prevents people from appreciating ideas they haven’t had themselves.
And–to be less harsh on the people who don’t adopt others’ ideas–running an institution has one set of demands (for stability, predictability, and keeping a number of moving parts all moving in the same direction), while innovating has another (for creativity, unpredictability and letting the chips fall where they may).
So let’s consider the possibility that the multiplication of nonprofits is the result neither of innovator narcissism nor of institutional paralysis, but simply of the fact that building a better mousetrap is best done where there are the fewest fingers and toes at risk of getting slammed.