We Need a New Business Model for Nonprofit Charities

By | May 10, 2016

Hollywood 001In my tenure as the leader of a community based organization in Southern California, I have seen dozens of small agencies go out of business. Some of these charities performed amazing services for the most needy people in our society. They provided shelter for people living on the streets, counselling for women fleeing abuse, food for the hungry, and support for people lost. They were supposed to be easy causes to raise money for.

One by one, however, these heart-felt, mission-driven nonprofit organizations shut their doors for good. No more food, no more beds, no more counselling.

Why couldn’t they stay in business? Because the business model for operating nonprofit charities is broken. Read More »

House Calls for People Without Homes

By | Mar 30, 2016 | Comments Off on House Calls for People Without Homes

So our experienced outreach workers compassionately, patiently, tenderly, work with these people, day after day, in the search for housing.

By | Mar 24, 2016
Photo by Alex O’Neal For a couple of decades now, I’ve been fortunate enough to lead a community-based organization that serves and houses people who are homeless.
By | Mar 15, 2016
Paul stood at the 101 Freeway off-ramp, holding a cardboard sign that read, “Spare Change?” He was a veteran in our armed services who lived on our streets for ten years.
By | Feb 2, 2016
Photo by Karim Corban I remember a couple of decades ago helping people who were homeless was much easier.
By | Jan 6, 2016
Photo by A McLin For the past several year-ends, I have listed America’s top ten positive solutions to ending homelessness.
By | Dec 10, 2015
Photo by Alex Proimos Imagine 44,000 people losing their homes because of a series of tornadoes in the Midwest, or a devastating hurricane in the South, or sweeping wildfires in the West.
By | Oct 20, 2015
Photo by Alex Proimos When I think of poverty in a global sense, I imagine slums like the shantytowns of Nairobi or the favelas of Sao Paulo.