Wednesday, February 10, 2010

To be or not to be, that continues to be the question

Today I continue to struggle with the profit versus non profit model, A quote from The Revolution Will Not Be Funded- Beyond the Non-profit Industrial Complex- By Incite!Women of Colour Against Violence really clarified what I was thinking.... "... as a whole the way in which capitalist interests and the state use non-profits to
  • monitor and control social justice movements
  • divert public monies into private hands through foundations
  • manage and control dissent in order to make the world safe for capitalism
  • redirect energies into career-based models of organizing instead of mass-based organizing capable of actually transforming society
  • allow corporations to mask their exploitative and colonial work practices through "philanthropic" work
  • encourage social movements to model themselves after capitalist structures rather than to challenge them "
Other things I've been trying to sort out: *I have seen movements destroyed, dismantled or simply dry up because of funding cuts and loss of movement's centralized headquarters or meeting places. Also I think of the chaos that ascends upon a women's org at funding and grant writing time. *Are grassroots based movements with no formally organized non profit orgs more fluid and free? Yes, there are problems associated with that fluidity, but do the benefits outweigh the drawbacks? Where do the service providers fit into the equation? *I understand a movement is the people, but where does funding, space and technology come in? Are there collective models out there for fluid, marginalized communities? When does the formation of a non profit make sense? Also where does accessibility fit into the grassroots movement?

Time for a public forum! Who will organize the conference???

Agree or not http://www.endeavourvolunteer.ca/wp/conversation-starter/why-donations-must-go-towards-administrative-costs/ opens a dialogue about non profits and administration, very interesting!

Michelle

1 comment:

  1. Interesting! I've never heard of a Non-Profit Industrial Complex...

    What do you think of this CBC clip?:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tS0TIS4tHnY&feature=player_embedded

    Basically it suggests that nonprofits and advocacy groups are now the ones telling the government how to govern, which sounds like a totally different take on the relationship between the state and nonprofits than what you quoted above.

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