Thursday, October 30, 2008

Walmart Foundation to Non-Profs-

If there are too many of you, the population won't be served.

Thanks to Leonard Jacobs for pointing me to the article in our own Boston Herald.

Boston has too many nonprofit groups, Wal-Mart Foundation President Margaret McKenna said at a breakfast meeting yesterday.

And instead of fighting for survival in an economic downturn, these groups ought to be looking for ways to work together while continuing their mission, she said.

McKenna, the former president of Lesley College, made her comments during a well-attended Boston Harbor Hotel gathering sponsored by the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce.

“The argument that ‘our organization will go out of business’ doesn’t resonate with me,” said McKenna, whose foundation distributed nearly $300 million in 2007.

What does resonate, she said, is, “Our population will not be served.”

So many ways to be disappointed in this. Apparently, foundations are not pleased with the current pace of non-profit closures. It needs to go faster. You know, for the good of everybody.

Yeah, if only these ignorant bleeding hearts had taken a few management courses, we wouldn't have to explain these market concepts to them. Jeez. Die already, dead wood, there are people who need help! Selfish bastards, clinging to your survival.


Thomas Garvey said...

Sounds like a good reason to shop at Target!

Matt B. said...

Her point of view makes sense if you think of creativity as a commodity. ...of course, the very thing that makes creativity valuable--uniqueness--can't be mass-produced.....but what do you expect from a foundation funded by Wal-Mart?

I'm wondering if this comment was made to pander, in some unimaginable way, to the GB Chamber of Commerce. What will McKenna (or Wal-Mart) get for saying something like that? This sounds like a talking point from a communications/PR dept.