If your goal is to make a community impact through an organization which structure is best, for profit or not for profit? Both structures have their pros and cons. Bob Lupton, founder of non-profit FCS Urban Ministries, lays out the case supporting the need and significance of for profit organizations. According to Lupton, "Only for-profit businesses produce the wealth that truly enables people to thrive. Here's an excerpt from his most recent blog:
"In a strange sort of way, for-profits are cleaner than non-profits. For-profits must produce. Their product must sell, their service must meet a real need, or they will burn through their start-up capital and be out of business. They cannot long exist on unfulfilled promises or failed expectations. But non-profits are different. Their bottom line is evaluated by good accomplished, not money earned. And good accomplished is much harder to measure than monetary gains. Non-profit activities may be measurable – number of meals served, number of clients seen, number of garments distributed – butactivities are hardly the same as outcomes. As a matter of fact, many non-profit activities actually do more harm than good. It is very difficult to gauge when a soup kitchen meal is a survival safety net or dependency deepening subsidy. Thus, non-profits’ stock and trade are meaningless numbers, questionable outcomes and heart-warming stories. You see why I say for-profits are cleaner than non-profits?"
Continue reading For Profit or Not For Profit?...
Trying to use yesterday's tools and strategies to fight today's battles is a losing proposition. This Thursday on Passion In Action TV a distinguished panel of social entrepreneurs, civic leaders, and men of faith will join me to discuss "Civil Rights 2.0". Our conversation will focus on how to most effectively deal with the issues of the day that impact our schools, neighborhoods, communities, and society overall. Join us live at 7pm est on www.PassionInAction.tv
Internet Television has quickly become an essential and cost saving service for broadcasters of all types and sizes. In today's highly connected world, it makes sense to stream live broadcast and on-demand television programming over the Internet. Broadband proliferation, improved computing power and larger (and less expensive) storage capacity have all turned Internet TV into a viable, revenue-generating model. The promise of additional viewership alone is huge - even shows that have been limited to a specific geographic region can suddenly have worldwide saturation through Internet TV. And of course, with increased viewership comes the potential for additional revenue from partners/donors, which positively enhances your ministry’s outreach effectiveness.
I have been able to leverage this powerful platform to grow a global audience through Passion In Action TV. To learn more about how you can successfully integrate streaming video into your marketing strategy, please join me tomorrow for a FREE workshop at 12:30 pm est.
Event: Digital Dominion: Use Online Video to Rule Your Industry
Date: Wednesday, September 25
Time: 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Online Access: www.lifestream.tv/mybizaccels
Location: Business Accelerators
Address: 975 Cobb Place Blvd, Suite 101, Kennesaw, GA 30144
The opportunities and possibilities of Internet TV is as infinite as your imagination and creativity. You can broadcast your videos in multiple formats. Conceive any idea or project relating to videos and 24/7 Internet TV will be there to give excellent shape to your vision.
We are going to have a very exciting show this week on Passion in Action TV. For the very first time our show will be focused on teen entrepreneurs and the great things they are doing in business and the community. Read below to learn more about these young dynamic leaders.
Jalon Griggs a.k.a. J-Plus was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia where he grew up entertaining and performing at very early age. J –Plus is what most would consider a quadruple threat: actor, dancer, model, and rapper. At the age of 11 years old J- Plus has already graced many stages and screens with his natural talent and ability to turn pure entertainment into an art form. J-Plus is on a mission to bring awareness to pressing issues that kids face in today’s society and has been recently “Standing Up Against Bullying” in the Community. He brings comedy, drama, intensity, sincerity, and a personality that captivates the hearts of every audience that sees him. J-Plus wishes to inspire others through his music and encourage up and coming artist to pursue their dreams. He believes that he can touch the world by uplifting others with his talents as well as his commitment to greatness; and yes when you are dealing with greatness, it always a “plus”.
Trent Williams started his company, Jewelry Funds, at the age of 12 in 2012 when he got accepted into Woodward Academy (the largest independent private school in the U.S.) located in Atlanta to help assist his mother with tuition. All proceeds from the sale of the jewelry go towards his tuition and future education goals. He is very outgoing and uses a high level of customer service to win over new customers. Trent's hobbies include chess, basketball, swimming, drama, and robotics. He stays busy by taking Saturday aeronautics classes as part of the Aviation Career Enrichment Program at Fulton County Airport - Brown Field. Learn more about Trent at www.jewelryfunds.com.
Look forward to being inspired and ignited by these awesome next generation leaders this Thursday, September 19th, streaming live online at 7 PM EST only at www.passioninaction.tv. You can watch on your computer or any mobile device. See you Thursday!
If media is the only source we use to define the rich and poor then our definitions could become skewed compared to how the Bible describes the rich and the poor. Further, we must lean on Bible truths and principles - not the media or our own prejudices - to determine how we're supposed to deal with both groups of people. In Dr. Glenn Sunshine's new book, For the Least of These: A Biblical Answer to Poverty, he examines poverty from a biblical perspective in an effort to better understand the biblical call to care for those who in different conditions of poverty, both material and spiritual. Here's an excerpt from his book:
At first glance, the Bible demonstrates that God cares about the poor and about how they are treated. Should we conclude from this that God is on the side of the poor and opposes the rich? This is a tempting conclusion, but is it supported by a careful reading of Scripture? Answering these questions requires determining what the Scriptures mean when they talk about the poor and the rich.
Who are the Rich?
Continue reading the entire article at: http://http://blog.tifwe.org/who-are-rich-and-poor/
This week's show theme is "How to Conquer Your Goliath." I have the privilege of interviewing Attorney James L. Walker, who on the behalf of major gospel artists - including Grammy winners Hezekiah Walker, Donald Lawrence and Twinkie Clark - sued Sony BMG Music Entertainment and won a multi-million dollar settlement.
Walker has worked with some of the leading names in the music industry including Jamie Foxx, Freddie Jackson, Rick James, DMX, Shirley Caesar and BET’s Bobby Jones, among others. He recently co-chaired the legal team in the successful litigation and settlement between Disney’s Kyle and Chris Massey and A&E/Lifetime networks over the Bristol Palin show. Walker is the author of “This Business of Urban Music” (Random House/Billboard Books), the #1 urban legal reference book and teaches a very popular entertainment law related class, “Michael Jackson: The Business of Music” in Atlanta. Walker recently headlined the T.B.O.U.M. Entertainment Book Camp (www.thisbusinessofurbanmusic.com), which educated artists, songwriters, and entertainment professionals on navigating the entertainment industry.
Learn more about how Walker was able to win this incredible case Thursday, September 12th, streaming live online at 7 PM EST only at www.passioninaction.tv. You can watch on your computer or any mobile device. See you Thursday!
Studies show approximately 70% of students want to start their own business but less than 30% receive the training they need to launch a successful business. Entrepreneurial training has also been proven to increase interpersonal skills, academic achievement, and social responsibility among youth, and decrease risky behavior.
So we're very excited to invite you to our Metro Merge Community Open House Saturday, September 21. We will use this time to share our vision and give the community an opportunity to learn about our youth and adult entrepreneurship programs, which will launch in October. See you there!
Watch The Disruptors Streaming Bible Study!
Struggling Christian entrepreneur? My new ebook was written just for you!
Get the app that connects your career, calling & community!
Connect Your Faith With Your Work
Dream B.I.G. in 3D will take you on an internal treasure hunt to connect your career path to your purpose. Click here to learn more...
Amos Johnson Jr.
Brotha Online Magazine
Business as Mission
The High Calling