Non-Profit is Just Another Business Model

Brad Slaker, founder of DesignWise, didn’t set out to create a non-profit, he told a crowd at Business4Better. It just turned out to be the best business model. A “volunteer-based business model” meant they could design products for a fraction of the usual cost, so it became feasible to focus on what is usually an under-funded field – pediatrics. “I worked in the medical device industry for 20 years; I never even heard of a pediatric project being initiated,” he reported. Now he works on them all the time.

Designwise PT Rover Push Cart for mobility challenged young adults.

Of course, a volunteer-based business would just be about free labor if the only goal were capital. But Slaker’s real goal is to create products to help kids that otherwise would suffer. He just wants the effort to be self-sustaining.

He thinks about DesignWise as a business. It’s just a business that is valued on more than financial growth. Continue reading

Pro Bono: Not Just for Big Business

Thought your small or midmarket business didn’t have the resources to make an impact on nonprofits through skills-based volunteering?

Think again.   

Join A Billion + Change for a free webinar which will address the unique role that small businesses can play in the pro bono movement, and how they can leverage their skills and talents to make a big impact on nonprofits in our communities. While the pro bono movement is sweeping the nation and America’s favorite brands are pledging billions to help build nonprofit capacity, small businesses have a critical role to play in leading a collective effort to move the needle on community priorities around the world. Continue reading