The link between non-profits and profitable businesses

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Similar to the photo above, non-profits and businesses stand back to back trying to be different from one another, but in the end they have comparable foundations, and are both successful at what they do.

Today, while reading several blogs I subscribe to, most of which have to do with non-profits and philanthropy, I started to explore the profitable side of businesses. It got me thinking about how similar businesses that make money (profitable ones), are to those who don’t make money (non-profits). If we look more closely at the correlation between the foundation of both types of organizations, similarities can be found. The main difference is what each type of business does with their inflow of money.

Most people don’t realize how much a non-profit organization is in fact a business. As a whole, a non-profit has a goal in mind, similar to a profitable business, and in order to achieve this goal there are similar steps needed to be taken. For starters, profitable business needs to be linked to their audience of customers in order to bring profit in. In the case of non-profit, donors need to be pulled into the group to generate money that impacts the goal of the company as a whole.

The next is the marketing comparison. In order to bring in customers and donors. Both of these types of institutions need to have proper marketing procedures in place to grab the attention of their specific audience. Like any other business, a non-profit has to implement interesting content that differentiates them from others. For both regular businesses and non-profits this is vital in becoming successful.

As for the inflow of money, non-profits never hold onto the funds they receive for the company itself, and instead donate all funds earned to their main purpose or focal philanthropy. However, they still find it necessary to implement financial consultants to help them with handling fund inflow. Many regular businesses put in place financial advisers to help supervise their cash assets as well.

There is a common misconception about employment in non-profit organizations. Being a manager in a non-profit is similar to being a manager in a profitable business. Both types of managers need to have the proper skills to supervise those under them, and the projects they are working on.

My final thought on this topic is social media usage for both types of business groups. As time goes on networking and social media tools will become the foundation for non-profit and future businesses. The value of social media often doesn’t receive the credit it deserves. It’s amazing how much of an impact a Twitter account and a blog can have on your organization whether you are a company or an organization searching for common good. Profitable businesses and non-profits should invest their time in social media, not only to link to millions, but to also to be ahead of those associations still living in the past not participating in  technological advancements.

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Fighting cancer through a new movement; Cancer Schmancer

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Millions upon millions of individuals throughout the world are impacted by cancer in some way or another. Whether it takes place in a friend or family member, or even you as an individual; cancer affects all, finding a way into our lives. It is a horrible disease that can take away the people we love before we realize it. However, it is non-profit foundations that provide assistance allowing patients to become survivors.

I have become very interested in an organization called Cancer Schmancer. This organization has a goal of raising awareness and educating women on the importance of preventing cancer. The founder and CEO of Cancer Schmancer is former actress Fran Drescher. She herself struggled with urinary cancer, and has an incredible survival story behind it. With her story always with her, she has created an organization striving everyday to help women, by diagnosing or preventing them from cancer. She was a victim of being misdiagnosed and has made it her goal now, to help women throughout the U.S. not become another misdiagnosed patient when it comes to cancer.

One thing that caught my attention the most was how Fran is focusing on the women who can’t afford treatment, by sending something called the “Fran Van” around. These vans travel around California and New York. They have the equipment in their vehicles to scan women for various types of cancers free of charge. Not only do these vans provide free screening, but they also help create an awareness for all women from various income levels that typically can’t afford consultations. The importance of the Cancer Schmancer movement is to enable women to have more power in fighting one of the worst battles of their lives.

I look forward to seeing the progression Cancer Schmancer makes, and the impact they have on millions of women. Donations can be made to Cancer Schmancer for those looking into giving benefit to a great cause that has a big heart.

Let me know how you think my journey is going with exploring the philanthropic world!

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A blogger’s firsthand journey; exploring non-profit and humanity.

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Hello out there! I am Ashley, an ambitious college student embarking on a journey and exploration of careers in non-profit organizations providing philanthropy to our world. I am thinking outside the box, and am excited to learn more about this industry. It’s my passion in life to combine my degree in Business Management with my ability to aid people in our society.

As the holidays die down, and we go forth with a new year most of us have created resolutions regarding changes we want to make in our lives. With a fresh start ahead it’s my goal and resolution to use my best abilities to branch out into the world, and provide assistance as much as I can. I plan on doing this by providing insight on philanthropy, and non-profit organizations in my blog. My personal experiences and learning objectives will assist me in becoming more knowledgeable of this industry. This blog will be the first step of many in the path I take towards this resolution and my goals in life.

“All of us are born for a reason, but all of us don’t discover why. Success in life has nothing to do with what you gain in life or accomplish for yourself. It’s what you do for others.” Danny Thomas

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