Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Author Urges Nonprofits to Re-Evaluate Operations

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Author Urges Nonprofits to Re-Evaluate Operations

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Mark your calendars for Oct. 15, 2016, said Robert Egger, the keynote speaker at the Changing Our World Through Philanthropy conference and awards luncheon, put on by the Association of Fundraising Professionals' Oklahoma City chapter and the Center for Nonprofits.

That's the date when the majority of boomers are going to wake up and look in the mirror and say, 'I'm old,' he said. They'll have started to think seriously about what they have done with their lives. And those people, my friends, are going to look to us and say, 'Help me find meaning in my life.' They're going to come.

And nonprofits need to be ready for them, said Egger, founder of the D.C. Central Kitchen and author of Begging for Change: The Dollars and Sense of Making Nonprofits Responsive, Efficient, and Rewarding for All. Egger speaks to nonprofit leaders across the country, encouraging them to re-evaluate their operations with a view to increasing efficiency and effectiveness - even if that means changing the way some things have always been done.

Philanthropy in America began as a great social experiment, he said, but today many nonprofit managers have settled into a routine. What prompted Egger to found the D.C. kitchen, which feeds the homeless while training them to find jobs in the food industry, was his frustration with charitable programs that address the symptoms of social ills while ignoring the causes.

It wasn't that what they were doing wasn't good, it just wasn't good enough, he said.

Egger praised some of the things the nonprofit community in central Oklahoma is doing, while encouraging nonprofit leaders to break out of their routine to become more effective.

Center for Nonprofits President Carol Wilkinson Troy's monthly column in The Journal Record is a rare gift, he said. Few communities have that voice, and it's a tremendous resource - That small voice once a month is a start. …

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