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Philip Greenspun did address this in an article on a similar subject: http://philip.greenspun.com/materialism/early-retirement/ (scroll down to section "Non-profits are NOT the Answer" if you don't want to read the whole thing).



Greenspun's piece on nonprofits is a hackjob written by someone who hasn't spent enough time around them to know much other than his own perception. The idea that the nonprofit world is filled with people who just couldn't make it in the corporate sector is a fallacy, plain and simple.

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And let's not forget that Philip's own non-profit enterprises - namely, ArsDigita University and the ArsDigita Foundation - collapsed long before the company did.

Why was that? Probably because Philip ran them like a business, and decided that, when the going gets tough, the tough fire their Executive Directors and half the paid staff.

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I feel like Philip had already been pushed out of the company before the university and the foundation shut down. But, it's been almost 10 years, my memory could be faulty.

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