Changing Lives and Saving Lives Daily
The Nonprofit Game Plan: The Proven Strategy for Nonprofit Success
Amazon best seller, Nonprofit Game Plan delves into the structure behind leading a 501(c)3. It attempts to change the narrative of poorly run 501c charities looking for handouts and uses his unorthodox style and proven results to solidify the case that nonprofits should run like businesses not charities.
The Nonprofit Prophet
Thomas Matthews is a sixty-year-old businessman who devised nonprofit programs in over fifteen major cities during his life. Would a foiled kidnapping, and a selfless act by a homeless man, make his case? It is up to Thomas, the Nonprofit Prophet, to prove that one good deed means more than a check in the bank.
Starfish Among Us
Jeff Williams witnesses an act of a fellow student, Scott, and through his efforts to help, they become friends. Jeff discovers how poverty affects his friend, as well as so many others in his school. His grandfather has spent his entire life in community service and teaches Jeff that every act of kindness makes a difference—just like saving one starfish at a time
Original Shark on the hit TV show Shark Tank
Former President of the Caterpillar Foundation, and author of Looking Up
Bestselling author of Brand Intervention and world-renowned branding expert
"With "A Starfish Among Us", fellow Peoria native Matt George masterfully engages a new generation of aspirational leaders on their ability to lead with compassion, integrity, and a genuine desire to make a difference in the world. This book is a must-read for children and their parents in search of powerful lessons on impactful leadership and the potential for collective action to create stronger, more welcoming communities."
Founder of Susan G. Komen and The Promise Fund of Florida
Bridging the Gap: Addressing Nonprofit Workforce Shortages
In the bustling heart of Washington, D.C., I had the privilege of sitting down with Ben Kershaw, the Director of Public Policy and Government Relations for Independent Sector. Our discussion revolved around a critical issue that resonates through today's society: nonprofit workforce shortages. The complexities of this problem are multifaceted, and they demand our attention.
One of the primary questions we pondered is whether the issue stems from low pay. Surprisingly, low compensation doesn't always translate to a reduced workforce. I recounted my personal experience as a CEO when I had to make the decision to infuse a lot of money into salary adjustments, in the middle of a budget that was already approved. Then allocating more funding to increase wages for the next fiscal year budget. This was all done during a two year period and at the end of the day we still had the same amount of open positions.
It's not just about the numbers on a paycheck. Nonprofit work carries a significant mental toll, unlike the traditional for-profit sector. We discussed how you can't simply clock out and leave the day's emotional weight behind. Our nonprofit heroes often witness heart-wrenching moments, from the loss of a child to the devastating consequences of crime and abuse. This emotional burden extends beyond the workplace and seeps into their personal lives.
Solving the workforce shortage conundrum isn't a one-size-fits-all endeavor. We addressed a crucial aspect: the burden of student debt for those pursuing careers in the nonprofit sector. Many students graduate from specialized schools for counseling, social work, and more, burdened with hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt. The lack of incentives for students to enter essential roles such as nursing, medical care, social work, and government service poses a significant challenge.
Our discussion also delved into policy issues surrounding nonprofit work, like charitable deductions and their complexities. Kershaw shared valuable insights into the scarcity of up-to-date data that highlights the real struggles faced by the public in the nonprofit sphere. Limited resources often hinder efforts to gather critical information. The bottom line is, real data is often outdated and communities are the ones who feel the pain.
While we might not hold all the answers to the world's problems, our conversation left me inspired. As the Nonprofit Prophet, my mission is clear: to encourage local community leaders to step up and create genuine change. I aim to empower nonprofits to operate efficiently, akin to businesses. This involves working with the right board members, retaining dedicated staff, and, most importantly, extending a helping hand to as many individuals as possible.
The Change Lives Save Lives Tour serves as a vessel to expose and amplify my vision for the future of the nonprofit sector. Our journey continues, one city at a time, toward a brighter future where nonprofits can thrive, communities can unite, and lives can be changed and saved.
"Every day there is an opportunity to Change Lives and Save Lives"