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Begging Doesn’t Work: Advice for Idaho Businesses

September 21, 2007

Boise, ID – Nonprofit organizations are among the fastest-growing business sectors in the state of Idaho, and Pablo Eisenberg, Senior Fellow at Georgetown University's "Center for Public and Nonprofit Leadership," says they need to invest in their people in much the same way fast-growing high-tech companies do -- by looking to the next generation.

"If you have to put money into some sort of leadership development, it's the kids in their 20s you have to reach. They're going to be the future leaders."

Eisenberg also suggests that nonprofit groups, in his words, "stop begging," and work instead to develop partnerships with funding sources, which is a better arrangement than constantly having to ask for nickels and dimes. He says nonprofits also must work to overcome the bad reputations of a few players that have marred the industry. This means keeping the public informed about how money is spent, and what good has been done.

"With Senate investigations, media exposés and scandals, public accountability is high on the list of challenges that nonprofits have to meet."

The conference, "Collaborative Leadership-Teaming up to Strengthen the Social Sector," takes place today. For event information, visit www.idahononprofits.org.

Deborah Smith/Eric Mack, Public News Service - ID