Just Dribble

Disjointed thoughts –

1st, it’s been two months since my last blog, that could be good because it means I’ve networked instead of writing.  It could also be bad because it means that while I’m not writing others aren’t getting information and becoming a part of the “network”.  Hmmm.

2nd, a little more about “summer camping” – in previous blogs i wrote about the importance of sending a kid to camp and how most of these camps have transportation needs.   Those blogs have led me to follow-up on various phone calls etc.  There are some really neat summer camps in the vicinity that would not only offer a terrific place for kids to go and have fun, but they intentionally share Jesus.  Because of their locations, I wonder now how to get some of these smaller “back yard” summer camps to consider taking advantage of the larger “over night” summer camps.  The key is to begin now developing a dialogue about next summer not wait until next summer is almost here – so many summer camps I’ve been exposed to seem to start letting others know about their needs almost when its time for camp to begin – ugh. 

3rd, economic engines for nonprofits!!!  I continue to meet with folks who feel that nonprofits must continue to ween themselves from grants and charitable gifts and instead develop some sort of economic engine that keeps funds coming in .  The mentality seems to be “if we get funds for free than we shouldn’t charge for any of our services – give it away”.  Minimal fees are not illegal and in most cases the recipient feels he/she is getting a product of more value because there was a cost.  Minimal fees offset administrative costs – every penny counts.  Offsetting costs is not the type of economic engine I’m referring to but the practise should not be ignored either.  I believe creating an economic engine within a nonprofit is an excellent idea – just haven’t come across many nonprofits that have successfully implemented the idea.  Churches that have child care services seem to be the exception – they charge for their services and do well.  But what about those nonprofits that give and give yet receive so little?  Many are barely hanging on from month to month.  I’d sure like to hear some ideas about the types of economic engines that nonprofits might develop.

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