02 Jan 2013

2013’s Missing Prediction

Nonprofit Quarterly leaves out the power of creativity from it’s predictable predictions.

Considering Nonprofit Quarterly’s influence, maybe they needed to break out of the box and set an example in the New Year, rather than be so predictable themselves?Last week, The Quarterly tweeted out a link to its beginning-of-year analysis, “Ch-Ch-Changes: Nonprofit Sector Predictions for 2013.”

It was just what you’d expect. Couldn’t they have attempted the unexpected? Couldn’t they have been more original and updated than creating an article title inspired by a song from 1971?

Squelch those depressive scenarios

Most of the article’s content hovered around a bunch of deeply depressive scenarios caused by the budget shortfalls of a stressed economy. They mentioned cuts in government grants and allocations, donor funding, corporate responsibility—all the predictable predictions we could now write ourselves, with our eyes blindfolded.

They tried to balance the dire with a few quotes from people citing the upbeat. But overall, you walked away wanting to pull the covers over your head on New Year’s Day, and every day after.

Thank you Nonprofit Quarterly. Happy New Year to you, too.

Let’s talk about possibility

No one’s got the magic Tarot cards. Everything happens in this world to derail predictions.  Instead, the Revolution wants to talk about possibility. Being driven by possibility is how we turn a situation around. Possibility is connected to creativity, which is connected to risk, which is connected to critical thinking, which is connected to energy, which is connected to hope, which is connected to change, which is connected to success. Which is all in the spirit of being very American. Or has the economy done us in so badly, that we have lost our way?

Seize the Conversation!

The Revolution is fighting this acceptance and malaise. This is why it will be moving forward in the next few weeks with Seize the Conversation as its banner.  Seize the Conversation is possibility.  It is the way for nonprofits to promote their spirit, grab the attention, market the cause, and break through.  Seize will change how nonprofits view and implement their marketing, instigating a creative and strategic positive disruption strategy throughout their entire organization and the sector. The collaborative idea-based nature of Seize the Conversation will challenge everyone to think differently.  Seize will create the possibilities that produce results and defeat the dire predictions. Seize is where the energy will be.

New website. New blog

Our message, content, look, design and implementation will be sharpened, thrusting Seize the Conversation into the front lines of the Revolution.

In mid-January, the new NonprofitRevolutionNOW.com website and blog will appear, vibrantly explaining and demonstrating how you can Seize the Conversation and defeat the predictions.


It’s 2013. What do we want this year to look like? One that fulfills drab predictions? Or one that Seized the Conversation and created possibility that changed everything, way beyond just ch ch’ing along.

Make your first comment of the New Year below.

Seize the Conversation.
Nonprofit Revolution NOW!
Nonprofit Revolution NOW!


  • Rachel Cowan
    January 3, 2013 Reply

    Right on Gary. Your message is really important – not only for marketing, but for the soul of the organization itself!

    happy new year to you

    • gwexler
      January 11, 2013 Reply


      Thanks for reading and the comment. So this is how we now communicate? I miss you.


  • Laura Toller Gardner
    January 3, 2013 Reply

    Welcome to 2013 and BOLD thinking. We’ll all achieve squat if we lurch around, unconsciously operating under assumptions based on lack and struggle. Brilliance is possible under all circumstances, fortunes have been made in the depths of recessions and the Great Depression. Thankfully, we don’t have to be slaves to woe-is-us predictions. Let’s start predicting that possibility and opportunities abound. And we’ll seize the conversation along the way to success on behalf of those we serve. Bravo!

    • gwexler
      January 11, 2013 Reply

      Hi Laura,

      Thanks for reading the Revolution and taking time to write an encouraging comment. We need more comments like yours. Especially at the beginning of the year. Thank you. Thank you. Keep reading. Keep commenting.

  • Craig Grella
    January 3, 2013 Reply

    I said a very similar thing on twitter (and got screamed at for it) over another similar NP trends report. Lemmings.

    Do i really need a report and associated infographic to tell me that Sunday morning at 6am is a time of low online donation activity? Seriously. Who does these reports?

    • gwexler
      January 11, 2013 Reply

      Hi Craig,

      Thanks for reading the Revolution and taking time to comment. Honestly, I don’t understand half these reports either…or the people who do them…and even many who somehow find a use for them.


  • Ellen Rabin
    January 4, 2013 Reply

    Thank you for the positive energy. As fundraisers we need to be eternal optimists or close shop and go home! Here’s to a focused and productive 2013!

    • gwexler
      January 11, 2013 Reply

      HI Ellen,

      Thanks for reading the Revolution and for taking the time to comment. Positive energy. We all need it constantly—especially fundraisers.


  • Regina Starr Ridley
    January 6, 2013 Reply

    Love your spirit! The Stanford Social Innovation Review wants to Seize the Conversation with you!

    • gwexler
      January 11, 2013 Reply

      Ahhh Regina, always wonderful to hear from you and feel your encouragement. Thanks so much for reading and commenting.


  • ruth
    January 15, 2013 Reply

    Editor of the Nonprofit Quarterly here…Do not despair. There are plenty of champions of excitement about the future at NPQ. Try this on for size http://nonprofitquarterly.org/management/21245-use-it-or-lose-it-frittering-away-civil-societys-strategic-advantage.html

    • gwexler
      February 19, 2013 Reply

      Hi Ruth,

      Sorry for not responding sooner. Somehow some of the last few comments didn’t show until now. Thanks for taking the time to respond, comment and share this article. I very much appreciate it. Keep commenting and sharing.

  • Danielle
    February 28, 2013 Reply

    Yes, Seize the Conversation, but how?
    We need to talk about the ugly to get to the good stuff.
    Since there are so many contributors to NPQ its a give and take with content. What are you going to offer?

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