Nonprofit 101

My sister Kelly, speaking to the Fellows of the University of Chicago Public Interest Program, tells you everything you need to know about why it’s hard to run charities, as opposed to non-profit businesses. The talk starts at minute 2:15.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact:

4 thoughts on “Nonprofit 101”

  1. Lots of food for thought. In particular the issue of “running a nonprofit like a business” or in other words letting the fund raising arm become the tail that wags the dog, rings true.
    It is natural for board members who are in business to look at monetary problems as the leading edge for an organization. If you get a voting block of such like minded individuals on a board they can indeed run away with the organization. Kelly has posted here about that issue.
    Thank you for posting this. I plan to recommend viewing it to some friends.

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