The nonprofit industry is made up of people who care passionately, putting people before profit.
Unlike government and other influential decision-makers who respond to the changing requests of the people they serve, the nonprofit industry upholds their organizationâ€™s mission unwaveringly.
This past week some headlines have read â€œWho can get the COVID vaccine in Florida? Hint: It helps if you have donated to a hospitalâ€ and â€œPlaying favorites? Hospital boards, donors get COVID shots.â€
It is easy to do the right thing when times are comfortable, but when stakes are raised, when we begin to struggle, our judgement can become marred.
This is not a time to look down on other organizations with righteous judgment, rather examine our own governance and policies to ensure that we are immune (pun intended) to short-sighted or knee-jerk decision-making.
I am reminded of a great quote in Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre: â€œLaws and principles are not for the times when there is no temptation: they are for such moments as this, when body and soul rise in mutiny against their rigour; stringent are they; inviolate they shall be. If at my individual convenience I might break them, what would be their worth?â€
It is time to ensure your organization can stand up to the rigour of its mission statement, of putting people before profit, because it is actually our job to do so.