We MUST get past the notion of doing the “good work” with no accountability. We MUST get past the idea that nonprofits are too complex or unique to be measured. I have seen it close up for years and it is not a pretty picture. The nonprofit sector must get its act together and make sure it is really helping provide meaningful change in communities and peoples lives. It is life or death for many of those we serve whether we are effective or not. So let’s work together to measure, manage and deliver what is really important to make our world a better place. (Emphasis in original)
I respectfully disagree with those who call this “just talk.” Rather, I’m with Sean, who says: “Ken has put his chips down big and made a huge bet that he’s going to pull this all off.”
For years, Charity Navigator has dominated news stories about how to give effectively, even while the limitations of its methodology have been widely recognized within the nonprofit sector. Now, Ken is not just talking about but committing to doing more. His statement is so public and so clear that there’s no credible way to turn back, for him or his organization. If Charity Navigator doesn’t want to have its own quotes used against it for the rest of its existence, it will have to see its commitment to real, meaningful evaluation through.
We don’t yet know all the details of how Charity Navigator is going to go about this, and if we have issues with the methodology it ends up adopting, you’ll hear about them. But Ken absolutely deserves a “standing ovation” now. He is the issuer of our press release who had the most to lose, and he’s chosen to fight for what he knows is right rather than stand pat.