The "working" mission of the FNPC is to strengthen the capacity
and collective power of the nonprofit sector in order to enhance the quality of life in our communities.
Motto: ALL FOR ONE, ONE FOR ALL
Questions To Consider
Is the legal classification "nonprofit" enough for us to collaborate with one another? What do nonprofit organizations
have in common?
Yes. In addition to legal status nonprofits have many other things in common and things that make them
very distinct from for-profit and public entities.
1. We are all focused on fulfilling a mission (rather than on profit).
2. We all need office space.
3. We all need
to buy computers, office supplies and equipment, insurance and other employee benefits.
4. In order to fulfill our missions,
we all must participate in extensive fundraising and development projects.
5. We are all expected to accomplish a great
deal with very limited resources.
We strongly believe that the nonprofit sector should
organize on a good day, but if we need a crisis to do it, let's consider the impact of the economy and the current state budget
crisis on your nonprofit.
Legislation has been/is being passed that will impact all nonprofits in the state and in our country. Although
some legislation only impacts specific sub-sectors of the nonprofit sector other legislation does impact all nonprofits.
As we all know, the weak economy has not only had serious effects on the state's budget but also on individual
and corporate giving. It is especially crucial that we work together when our economy is weak to help prevent and offset the
negative effects and ensure that we are capitalizing on existing resources.
Now is as good a time as any. The budget problems
are not going to go away tomorrow. If they do, we won't have to worry. If they don't at least we will have taken positive
steps toward empowering our sector as a whole.
How will this benefit my organization?
We are all trying to take from the same small pie of available funding, but by sharing our individual power
and uniting (over 29,000 nonprofits) we will actually make the pie bigger for everyone. You will get more and so will others.
A good example of an industry coming together to make the pie bigger for everyone is the Got Milk commercials that we're all
so familiar with. If you don't like milk check out the Sonoma County Wineries Association.
As it is we are in a perpetual
mode of struggle, survival and competition.
Florida Nonprofit Coalition/