Week 6: Have a Caring Attitude toward All Living Things
It has been my belief that a business should have a purpose of helping people, and that is why I chose to start a non-profit. I guess I should first help you understand the difference between non-profit and for-profit. According to Carter (2016), “a non-profit organization is formed for the common good of the public. Non-profit organizations are usually being formed for some specific religious, charitable or educational purpose.” Carter also states “that a for-profit organization is formed to earn a profit for the owners of the company.” I am not against an individual or business making a profit for the product or service that they offer, however, this form of business has a higher drive only to make profits. Focusing solely on profiting can sometimes get in the way of helping the communities in a positive way.
As I look at the value in non-profits, they generally are geared more to having that caring attitude toward people and communities. Providing a service to help build communities so they can grow and be successful, this is very important to me. In most instances, non-profit organizations for their services or product that they provide for communities don’t pay federal or state income taxes on the profits they make.
Several non-profits that stand out to me that missions and core values are community-based. According to the YMCA website the core values consist of Caring, Honesty, Respect, and Responsibility for the community. I also viewed the mission for the Boys and Girls Club, and it simply states that the Boys and Girls Club “enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. In both of these non-profits, they have a focus on building and caring for the community.
Finally, as I continue to understand the make-up of the major non-profits, and how much they immerse their selves in the communities they serve it gives me a model to follow. It is through the building of those valued relationships the community begins to trust you and then they will value the service or product that you are offering. It is important that the community understands that you care and are empathetic to their situations and the environment that they are in. The way you care for the community will never go without other non-profits realizing your services and possibly will be positive for other non-profits to work together for the common goal of building communities.
Retrieved from the YMCA website on (2016) http://wcfymca.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=57&Itemid=37
Carter, Christopher (2016). Retrieved from http://smallbusiness.chron.com/profit-vs-not-for-profit-organization-4158.html