Putting Nonprofits Out of Business

Malaria No More, a nonprofit dedicated to ending malaria related deaths, is closing shop in 2015.  Not because of financial troubles, but because they’ve nearly accomplished their goal.  In an article released by the New York Times, Malaria No More reported that up to 85% of the at-risk malaria population has received bed nets or other tools to fight infection.  Furthermore, malaria related mortalities have steadily decreased throughout the past decade.  In the article, Malaria No More’s vice chairman Scott Case stated, “We never planned to be around forever.  We have thought of this more as a project than as an institution-building exercise, and the project is nearing its completion.”

Vanessa Vick - The New York Times

Unfortunately, the article didn’t mention that any hunger-related nonprofits are going out of business.  Despite having enough resources to ensure every man, woman, and child has enough to eat, hunger is still one of the leading causes of death.  Even today, nearly 1 billion people are affected by lack of sufficient calories and nutrients. By 2015, the same year Malaria No More plans to close its doors, the United Nations declared that it would eradicate extreme hunger and poverty.  However, the World Food Programme reports that chronic hunger has slowly, but steadily been rising since the 1990s.  It’s time to reverse this trend.  Interested in putting an end to hunger?  Check out some of these resources and hunger-related nonprofits:

Action Against Hunger – “From rural mountain villages to the confines of refugee camps to ethnically divided cities, Action Against Hunger treats and prevents malnutrition in over 40 countries around the world. Our programs are launched most often during times of crisis and focus on the most vulnerable, including young children and women who are pregnant or nursing.”

Concern Worldwide – “Working with the poorest people to transform their lives.”

Edesia LLC – “Edesia’s mission is to treat and prevent malnutrition for the most vulnerable in the developing world through Ready-to-Use Foods and other locally appropriate solutions.”

Children’s Hunger Fund – “Children’s Hunger Fund is a Christian 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that works to alleviate the suffering of children in impoverished regions across America and around the world. Through strategic partnerships in targeted communities, CHF works to improve the lives of poor children and their families comprehensively, meeting their physical, emotional, and spiritual needs.”

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  1. Malaria No More refuted the New York Times story in a press release soon after the Times article came out. Malaria No More wrote, in part: “Yesterday an article appeared in the New York Times, entitled “Mission Accomplished, Nonprofits Go Out of Business.” This article has caused significant concerns and confusion, both for Malaria No More and our partners.

    The premise of the article—that mission-driven nonprofits work to reach their goals and consequently shut their doors—is a good one. By focusing tirelessly on the goal, organizations drive for sustainable change and progress. Yet premature declarations of victory risk putting both the progress and the goal in jeopardy.”

    For the full story, see: http://malaria.com/featured/malaria-no-more-ny-times

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