The mission is simple. Solve problems profitably. It is time to discard the idea that the best way to change the world is through a non-profit organization. And that is because it is not true. When you compare the impact of for-profit companies with nonprofits, you see that for-profits are the better model. There is nothing wrong with making money. You can make all the money you want as long as you remember to keep your God-given mission in your spirit at all times. (Deuteronomy 8:18, Psalms 62:10). We have a big problem when you shy away from making money.
It is an oversimplification to claim Bill Gates is now a philanthropist. In the real sense of it, he is hard at work, solving problems. The excellent 2019 three-part docuseries; “Inside Bill’s Brain: Decoding Bill Gates” explores the mind and motivations of this celebrated tech visionary, business leader and philanthropist. You will see how Bill Gates is able to tackle some of the world’s biggest problems, ranging from water, sanitation and hygiene to clean energy. He runs all this through a complex web of several for-profit and nonprofit entities. This is not about making money for him, it is about making a positive difference.
What we learn from Bill Gates is that solving problems in the real world is more efficient when you approach it as a business. Solve problems profitably. Make money from doing it. The consistency and sustainability that comes with for-profit businesses will be a real blessing to your world. If your current ideas of change and making a difference are all nonprofit, set them aside for now. Think about products or services that could be offered to solve problems profitably within that space. You may begin by manufacturing the products you planned to handout for free through your nonprofit. Do business.