A recent study from Civic Ventures indicated that significant numbers of baby boomers are intent on starting their own nonprofit organizations or socially oriented enterprises over the next decade.
The trend identified in the study elicited a robust, generally negative response in The Chronicle of Philanthropy earlier this month. “[I]t’s hard to imagine those findings cheered many people who understand the nonprofit world,” Mark Rosenman wrote in a Chronicle of Philanthropy op-ed piece. “More than a million nonprofit groups already exist, and plenty of for-profit ventures are dedicated in part to providing some social benefit. Adding millions more of such entities is not good for this nation.”
Rosenman is director of Caring to Change, “a project in Washington that seeks to improve how grant making serves the public.”
Rosenman’s strongly worded essay generated a vigorous back-and-forth with Chronicle readers.