Autism Philanthropy vs. Business


Autism Philanthropy vs. Business

The devastating truth about the future of Autism services.

Recently, I conversed with Dr. Mohan Krishnan on Twitter regarding Autism and business, which brought to mind two ideologies that seem almost an atrocity to mention in the same sentence, philanthropy and for-profit business. While the conversation promoted the notion that people with Autism are capable of owning rather than being employees, I was taken back to my interview with Jenna Gabriel, executive director of Daytime Moon Creations, Inc, who spoke about the future of funding special needs’ businesses.

Today, there is a thin line between charity and business. Charities struggle because they do not operate as businesses and yet are scrutinized for functioning in a similar manner.

A wonderful idea to save the world is often met with questions that target budgets. Investors lose sight of an important fact, expertise costs. While the physical aspects of owning property and equipment are important, so is the ability to recruit and retain qualified staff and administrators. Expertise becomes essential especially in fields that concern special needs.

Autism Not-for-profits

• Lack of funding for experts

• Reduced cost to parents

• Mostly unknown

• Limited Federal Funding

Autism For-Profits

• More investments

• Increased costs to parents

• Better Marketing

• Appear to be relevant authorities because of capital

• More freedom to pursue partnerships outside of philanthropy

I believe the future of special needs’ philanthropy hinges on an organization’s ability to increase capital; therefore not-for-profits in this field must operate as for-profits if they are to be beneficial to their cause.

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Written by Derrick Small of D.S. Artistry Productions LLC


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