At long last coverage

It will be interesting to see how things develop at the Washington Post’s new On Giving section.  Self-described as a “conversation about philanthropy and social entrepreneurship,” it at least aspires to talk about the nonprofit sector in more depth than the conventional scandal-or-gala approach.  (The Nonprofiteer has long complained about the mainstream media’s coverage of the sector, which manages to be both narrow and shallow; in fact, those shortcomings account for the launching of this blog.)

But is a focus on mammoth gifts and efforts to up-end the nonprofit model really any better?  Maybe those are the dog-bites-man stories.  Maybe the day-to-day struggles of the majority of good-deed-doing agencies simply don’t lend themselves to the conventions of daily journalism—but the Nonprofiteer would give a lot to see someone try to find out.

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