Today I read this article, in which a self-important blowhard filled to the very top of his head with bullshit so bullshitty one wonders how he holds it (his bs-filled head) upon his neck. It’s about rich people and how they got rich by having qualities the rest of us dregs-of-humanity could not possibly grok, like wanting a lot of money so they don’t have to work at crappy jobs. Never thought of that one, did you, plebeian scum? Also, they envision a better future. Not like you, all pining for the good old days of unions and fair wages for labor.
Anyway, reading about rich people reminded me of the conference I went to last week, which in turn reminded me that rich people should not be allowed to decide which nonprofits get funded.
The most interesting/horrifying part of this conference every year is the funder’s panel, in which three people who run foundations sit on the stage and discuss, out loud, in front of 200-some development pros, six real grant proposals.
One of the proposals involved a program that hooks low-income teenagers up with paid summer internships. Yay! A significant amount of the money they were requesting was earmarked for bus passes, so the kids could, you know, get to work.
Here’s the horrifying part: two of the three panelists pooh-poohed the very idea of funding bus passes. Bus passes! So boring! So plebeian! Rich people don’t use bus passes to get to work. Those kids are losers!
So that proposal wasn’t chosen. That’s the way the system works. Rich people who can’t grasp the importance of providing bus passes for low-income kids when you want them to get someplace every day, on time, are the ones who dole out the money.
There’s more but perhaps you folks don’t want to hear about catalytic funding and collaborative systems change and other human services concepts that all largely amount to rich people telling nonprofits what to do.
Instead, if you have any interest in the nonprofit world, let me direct you to a blog much better than mine: Nonprofit with Balls. Enjoy.