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Are You Guilty of Stealing from Nonprofits?

One of my pet peeves is when organizations and/or individual use free programs from nonprofits and don’t pay. Most nonprofits usually offer a free service because they don’t want money to be a barrier of entry. However, that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t receive financial contribution from its financially-able users.

Are you one of those users who don’t pay?

Do you take advantage of those services and not make a donation?

Have you considered how they will be sustainable if you don’t give?

More now than ever, I’m seeing nonprofits are having a rough time sustaining the operating funds account. There’s so much emphasis on the 80/20 rule, some fail to ask the organization HOW the services are free. While 80% go to programs and 20% go to operations, some organizations don’t always break it down like that.

Don’t believe me? Watch this TED Talk video by Dan Pallotta, and listen how he breaks the ancient method of analysis of WHY this is wrong. You can’t articulate it better than this. And yes- please shift your paradigm!

Therefore, if you use Khan Academy- donate!

If you use, Wikipedia- donate!

If you use, suggest or recommend a specific nonprofit to people- donate!

If you cannot donate, offer something. You can volunteer, spread the word to colleagues, family and friends, share via social media, give in-kind, or help with events. Just don’t do nothing (sorry for the double negatives). Big smile!

As a wise person advised me, “nothing is for free.”

I write this because my business is personal. My struggles are for your gain. No strings attached.

Nathan A. Webster, MBA


I was born, raised and currently residing in Vancouver, WA. Grateful to have an entrepreneurial life that allows me to use my God-given talents to help others pursue their passion. I'm blessed to be educated (MBA-Operations) veteran (US Marine Corps) who enjoys the community with all my family members (blood and adopted).