“Just be cool, drop f-bombs & embrace an unwavering faith in the power of
#nonprofits to help rebuild the economy & you’re there.”
That's the assertion that Rush Limbaugh is making here:
One of my firm values is the concept that nonprofits are BUSINESSES. The term "non-profit" simply refers to an organization's tax exempt status and inability to provide financial benefits to shareholders.
One of Mr. Limbaugh's accusations is that nonprofits don't contribute anything to the economy, but only "siphon off" contributions by begging.
A few problems with this argument:
I realize that Mr. Limbaugh is in the business of generating controversy. I had honestly forgotten he was alive until I heard about his rantings about nonprofits: that means that he succeeded in getting the attention of the 10% of Americans who work for nonprofits (reference here). His advertisers are likely very happy about that.
In that scenario, who's the real blood-sucker? What is contributed to the world by Rush's rantings and ravings?
The nonprofit world needs to be scrutinized just as carefully as the government: after all, we accept public contributions and therefore need to operate transparently and with accountability to all members of the community.
But insinuating that we are "lazy idiots" is absurd. And implying that the work of fundraising is somehow "raping the economy" is ludicrous — how is this any different than providing salaries to a salesforce in the for-profit world?
That's the "Rated G" version. You can watch the full version (with hilarious ending) here: