Can we all just admit there is no such thing as nonprofit sustainability?

The concept of sustainability is ubiquitous, overbearing, and frustrating, as I explained earlier in “The sustainability question: Why it is so annoying.” Many funders and business people seem to believe that if nonprofits just try hard enough, they’ll reach this state of funding Nirvana and be self-sufficient and “sustainable.” And if they’re not actively working toward reaching fiscal enlightenment, they shouldn’t be supported.

Here’s the issue: This magical land of nonprofit financial self-sufficiency does not exist, and funders’ and donors’ unwillingness to admit this perpetuates an inefficient funding system that stymies us nonprofits’ abilities to tackle society’s most challenging problems.

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