Polycentric Voluntarism Unbound: The Case for Nano Nonprofits

Source: American Institute for Economic Research
by Robert E Wright

“Americans tend to assume that bigger is better, and they are often right. But in many instances the job calls for a step ladder, not a crane. Businesses range from billion-dollar multinationals to sole proprietorships, and governments from the supranational United Nations to tiny hamlets. Nonprofits also come in various sizes, from those with thousands of employees to those with one or even no employees. While many herald local governments and business proprietorships, few people appreciate nano nonprofits and many disparage them for being ineffective or inefficient. Yet they abound. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 501(c)(3) nonprofits in America in 2017 numbered 166,046. Of those, 64,806 had fewer than 5 employees and another 28,999 employed between 5 and 9 people.” (09/21/22)