Should Your Nonprofit Charge Its Beneficiaries

Marco Bertini, Jean-Manuel Izaret, Richard Hutchinson

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No matter how creative and ambitious they may be, nonprofits that rely solely on donations and grants to finance their growth often fall short. One way to improve both funding and impact is to add a more “commercial” strategy to the mix by charging recipients for what the organization would otherwise provide for free. Though that may sound uncharitable, the authors’ research shows that paying nominal fees can give beneficiaries a sense of ownership, boost their engagement, and empower them to demand results. Meanwhile, the revenue from the fees can go back into providing help to even more people. Several nonprofits, including Project Maji, which builds kiosks for clean drinking water in Africa; Gavi, which distributes vaccines; and Worldreader, which provides books to children in low-income countries, have found success with this approach. Using their examples, the authors describe how to set up an effective payment model. Among other things, nonprofits must assess how the needs of beneficiaries vary, educate them about offerings, and share accountability with them. Most important, they must stop defining impact as access to help and take a broader view of results
Idioma originalInglés
Páginas (desde-hasta)90-97
Número de páginas6
PublicaciónHarvard Business Review
Volumen2024 January-February
EstadoPublicada - 1 ene 2024


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