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Begging for Change: The Dollars and Sense of Making Nonprofits Responsive, Efficient, and Rewarding for All Hardcover – February 17, 2004
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About the Author
Robert Egger is the president and founder of the D.C. Central Kitchen in Washington, D.C. He travels extensively, promoting nonprofit innovation to everyone, from Fortune 500 companies and business schools to college campuses and culinary institutes. The Kitchen was named one of President Bush Sr.'s Thousand Points of Light, and has been featured on Oprah, Nightline, and 48 Hours as well as in the Washington Post, the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal, and numerous other publications. In 2002, he volunteered to serve as interim director of the United Way National Capital Area to reorganize its struggling executive leadership. He is the recipient of the Oprah "Angel" award, the Bender Prize, and a Caring Award. Robert Egger lives in Washington, D.C.
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A key Egger point is that non-profits need to ask: "Are you perpetuating a cycle of need and dependency?" Today charity is governed by innumerable individuals and their egos, many of which are "business-as-usual" career do-gooders who've never run their own company. Many duplicate each others' services and fight each other for funding. They talk of how many were fed or sheltered, but not about how many got out of dependency.
There now are more than 1.5 million non-profits, and their latest evolution is to "realize" that they have to pay those at the top well to attract good people. Thus, in D.C. there are about 25,000 non-profits, requiring over $1.5 billion just for CEO and executive director salaries! Yet, over 70% have revenues less than $500,000/year, and neither government nor Adam Smith's "Invisible Hand" act to make those that are ineffective go away. Many should.
In addition, there is the needless complexity added by multiple funding sources and their frequent "strings." One non-profit gets its $20 million from 161 sources - think of all the attention required to mind all those masters!
Egger started a training program for cooks, food-handlers, and servers - thus, both offering them a "hand-up" (instead of just a "hand-out") and substantially reducing the need for full-time assistants.Read more ›
Robert Egger uses this book to highlight his experience of coming from managing nightclubs to owning a successful non-profit. He takes the reader through the history of non-profits and philanthropy in America and calls attention to the need of Americans to stop doing things the same way and expecting different results. The sources that Egger uses are his experience and observations of other successful and unsuccessful non-profits to point out his main themes.Read more ›
This book would be of interest to nonprofit leaders, volunteers, donors, the business community, those with a bent toward social innovation, and those interested in services related to feeding and food distribution.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very, Very refreshing! All about relationship building, teaching, encouraging and not enabling. Couldn't put it down!Published 4 months ago by D. I.
Required for a class, pretty slow read. The book came in great condition, but the content I would not recommend for a leisurely read.Published 4 months ago by Sophie Lorson
Robert began his working life as a bouncer at a nightclub but was transformed after he spent time volunteering at a mobile soup kitchen. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Katie Yarbro
I love how he took his passion for life and turned it into a passion for those in whom he saw potential, but lacked opportunity to move up, on, in and around in a world of... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Rene
Enlightening, entertaining, educational. Highly recommended. Jon Hanson, Stewardship for Life. Etna, Ohio.
Robert Egger is genuine. May his tribe increase. Read more
I met the author at a conference in New York City and had the opportunity to listen to him give a talk about The D.C. Read morePublished on November 3, 2013 by Nathaniel Glenn
Begging for Change is more than a helpful hints book; it's a tool that will change your life. The author Robert Egger is one that gives accurate examples on how to make a modern... Read morePublished on June 24, 2013 by futurepastor