Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Heads Up!

"...[W]e will need nothing short of a quantum, sector-wide change to accomplish our important missions in this new era of brutal austerity."

Mario Morino, Leap of Reason: Managing to Outcomes in an Era of Scarcity

In short, Morino argues that we will experience a head-on collision between budget cutting, economic stagnation, and the world of nonprofits. This will not be a new phenomenon but rather a continuation and deepening of what what we've experienced during the past few years. Focus on the notion of "quantum."

Some nonprofit groups will not survive; others will merge; still others will form new kinds of partnerships and alliances; some will simply piece together resources in a desperate attempt to maintain the status quo; and some nonprofits will seize new opportunities as the role of govenrment changes. Morino's notion of "sector-wide change" is that the nonprofit sector will need to more fully embrace his version of "outcomes" management. In other words, he believes that economic scarcity will require fundemental changes in how many nonprofits operate, not simply for efficiency and survival but to achieve their outcomes and mission.

There is still a lot of work to be done even if Morino's vision for the future is only partially true And Morino wisely frames this challenge for the nonprofit sector -- philanthropy and other investors, technical assistance providers, trade associations, membership networks, researchers, and advocates.

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