Feels like the Nonprofit Industry seems woefully Unable to Address the Issues of Today and Tomorrow

I've done two terms in AmeriCorps VISTA in different states, and it seems like this entire industry is trying to use a capitalist mentality to solve the problems created by it. I would summarize this mentality as both the need for perpetual growth and the adoption of the business hierarchy.

The need for growth seems to infect both the funders and funders of this industry. From my state of residence, it looks like 80-90% of the funding in this industry is controlled by 10 or funders. These funders are invested in a variety of different stocks, bonds, and other investments. While these give the best ROI, the invested entity themselves is contrary to the purposed funder's mission. For example, a large private foundation combating homelessness has money invested in Blackrock.

Nonprofits themselves seem to always want to include more and more services within their programming. They never want to analyze how their program works or what their role in the larger picture can be. It seems like as nonprofits have taken more of the social program pie, the problems associated with economic inequality have all been exasperated. The drive to get more and more grants creates a need to perpetually add new programming that can use those grants.

The business hierarchy and the need to play "professional" seems to take precedent over the folks who need programming. More and more money goes to marketing, office bullshit, and networking opportunities versus helping those who need it most. In essence, it feels like the economist has won out over the social worker.

I'm asking yall what you think. Is this a correct conclusion for the industry, or am I an idiot?

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