Research

Growing up around Detroit, I’ve seen what it is like for families to constantly struggle. I have seen poverty first hand, living so close to me. I have always felt blessed to have a father and a mother that worked so hard to provide for me and my family. I guess we were what sociologists and economists would call a middle-class working family. However, all of my other family members were not living in the best neighborhood, and I always had to watch as people I loved had to scrape, work multiple jobs, and sometimes go without eating. My father is a pastor, so growing up in the church I always head and adhered to the idea of giving. Giving is better than receiving. I took that and held that in me all my life. Now a student in college, I had to figure out what I could do bring this idea to become a reality in my life and career. Since I plan on majoring in business, I would have to understand how working for or possibly even owning a business whose goal is to gain income for the company could coincide with working with charity organizations.

According to Ken MacFadyen, who wrote the article “When Business and Charity Collide”, I am not the only one who has thought this issue through. He gives examples of charities and other non-profit organizations who have figured that in order to survive, they must think as if they are a business for profit. He explains, “For a nonprofit to survive to- day, many have to adopt a for-profit mindset. Sometimes that can mean introducing more efficiency - the New York Library's hub-and-spoke system being one exam- pie - and other times it can mean installing a higher profile board, a useful tool when fundraising.” He goes on to say that that there are even some non-profit and for-profit organizations whose sole purpose is to help non-profit organizations earn money. Efficiency, he goes on to say, is playing such an important role in non-profit organizations, especially charities, because there has been a steady rise in the number of these organizations despite the suffering economy. It is ironic to that non-profit organizations are now straining to stay alive through such difficult economic times when their purpose is to help those in need during these times.

Roy Asyraf, managing director of Montrans Connections Company, says that to stay alive in the “dog-eat-dog” world, you must mix business and charity. An article written by Kuala Lampur called “Business and Charity go Hand in Hand” describes this man discussing extensive work with charities, such as making commercials that help support non-profit causes. Most businesses want something in return when they promote charities, but Roy feels that by expecting nothing in return and simply supporting a charity, there will be more opportunities and thus more gains in return.

Knowing all this information is very important to me, as I hope to one day be in a position where I can innovate ways for businesses and charities to better coexist, and charities and other non-profits will continue to grow. I do know what career path I will go down, for there are many to choose from. One thing I know for sure is whatever I do, I will be giving back in the process.