Community organizing meets the “F” word

Allow us to draw your attention to this May posting on the National Center for Responsive Philanthropy blog about the persistent disconnect between fundraising and community organizing, and the efforts of a grassroots fundraising group to overcome it.

The Nonprofiteer can add only that the perceived battle between fundraising, on the one hand, and getting people to take ownership of their communities, on the other, is an example of the pernicious idea that “fundraising” is something done by “development experts” and people with mysterious “connections,” none of whom we know–instead of its being something done by getting a group of people to put their money where their convictions are. Or, as Mickey and Judy might put it, “Hey, kids, let’s put on a nonprofit!”

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