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Alexis Brown

Story #3 Nonprofits: More of a Calling than a Job

In the business world, nonprofit employees dont work for

nonprofits because of the profit, or lack there of, but because of the
direction their moral compass points. This moral compass has a wide
rang of directions, which leads an employee to a certain nonprofit over
Theres a certain type of passion and commitment required when
working with a nonprofit, especially a small one, because individuals
and foundations generally dont donate as much due to lack of money
and a reliability factor. Meaning, its easier to invest in a company
thats well established and has a large working body. Christopher
Brown, president of National Fatherhood Initiative, a nonprofit with a
focus in reconnecting fathers with their families, doesnt see this as a
disadvantage, he loves creating products and services that help
customers so they, in turn, can help fathers, families and children. Im
very motivated by leaving a legacy, and this is a great way to do it,
Brown added.
To get a better grasp on the main aspects on a nonprofit and the
drive it takes to work for one, its best to describe the differences

between a nonprofit and for-profit. There are two primary differences:

one is ownership, the other is whats done with profits, said Brown.
Nonprofits plow any profit made back into the organization.
For smaller nonprofits, like NFI with a total of 5 full-time members
and an 8-member board of directors, generating profit requires a little
more creativity, which stems from passion, as Brown put it. The
primary way (NFI generates revenue) is through the creation, sales and
distribution of products, Brown said.
This is not to say that working for a larger nonprofit, like United
Way or Salvation Army, doesnt take passion and commitment. Roland
Warren, president and CEO of Care Net a larger nonprofit, has a moral
compass that led him in another direction. He believes he is working at
a nonprofit because, its really a calling from God. This is the mission
field that He has given (him). Larger nonprofits dont rely on creativity
as much as smaller nonprofits. The rely more on their commitment and
connection to their customers. (We engage) not just the wallets but,
also the hearts of (our) supporters, said Warren.
Erik Vecere, vice president and Program Support of NFI, also
commented on the difference between the funding and commitment
levels of nonprofits, I liken it to a healthy investment portfolio, Vecere
said, The more diversified a nonprofits funding stream, the more
likely it is to weather the inevitable storms when other funding streams
dry up.