Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Too many ways to divide donations? | csmonitor.com

Too many ways to divide donations? | csmonitor.com: "Too many ways to divide donations?
With 1.5 million nonprofits in the US and growing, some experts say charities should merge.
By Jeremiah Hall | Correspondent of The Christian Science Monitor
SAN FRANCISCO – When it comes to charity, are more nonprofits necessarily better? America has always been known for its entrepreneurial spirit. Increasingly, that spirit has been mixed with a desire to help the disadvantaged. The result: a dramatic increase in the number of nonprofits. In fact nearly 500,000 have been created in the past 10 years, bringing the total to 1.5 million organizations. But some nonprofit experts are beginning to wonder if that number does more harm than good.

'The real question is how long will this growth be sustainable? At some point, we'll simply have too many and the funding won't be able to support the numbers,' says Paul Light, professor of nonprofit studies at New York University."

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