The nonprofit sector is a significant part of our economy, accounting for annual revenues over $1.5 trillion and assets over $2.7 trillion. As we discuss national and global challenges and solutions, let’s factor in the vital mission of NGOs/nonprofits and the role that you can play as a volunteer in helping to build a better world.
"We had been a fundraising organization. We are transforming ourselves to be conveners and facilitators of multiple stakeholders--businesses, governments, NGOs, and others--for the purpose of improving people’s lives," says Barry Salzberg, the new chairman of the board for United Way Worldwide.
Are you working to make a company better from the inside? Is it working? A survey of CSR professionals found that the industry’s lack of direction is starting to wear on the people who should be most excited.
Global poverty has declined to about half the level it was in 1990. But that doesn't mean companies should halt philanthropic efforts. Instead, corporate social responsibility should evolve to reflect the needs of today's "middle class poor."