"There is a growing acceptance that social responsibility should be at the core of the business, not merely an add-on. At the same time, in South Africa the emphasis is growing for market-based solutions to social problems, and not-for-profit organisations are under increasing pressure from donors to be self-funding, doing commissioned work as well as advocacy. This creates its own dangers and -- to use development-speak -- challenges. But it is a reality.
US consultant Susan Raymond, writing on the onPhilanthropy site, underlines the vital questions these developments raise.
'If we no longer know what we mean by the term 'nonprofit' or 'foundation' or 'philanthropy,' how will we continue to make these distinctions? "