Balancing Passion and Profit – Part 1

Dr.Sanja Rickette Stinson
November 2, 2023
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As the CEO and founder of a nonprofit organization, I frequently receive inquiries about my journey as a serial entrepreneur and how I align my passion-driven initiatives with profitable endeavors. Having served not only as a nonprofit founder for more than four decades but also learning the value of balancing my entrepreneurial dreams with my Passion, I've come to appreciate the incredible energy that can exist between business and faith. In today's blog, I delve into the profound connection between these two realms and explore how valuable it is to balance both. 

To those who read this blog:

  • Who told you that you couldn't succeed in following your Passion while honoring your faith? 
  • Who told you that you couldn't do both? 
  • Who told you that your gifts will not make room for you, while the biblical text tells us it can? 

In the world of social impact, it's not uncommon to find passionate individuals striving to make a difference. But what about those who aim to blend their enthusiasm for change with the need for sustainability while staying true to their faith? 

First, Passion Sparks the Fire; my journey as a nonprofit CEO began with a deep-rooted passion for a particular cause inspired by my faith. Like many other social entrepreneurs, I felt compelled to address a pressing societal issue. The initial spark of Passion, ignited by my faith, was the driving force behind the creation of my nonprofit. It served as the foundation upon which I built an organization dedicated to making a meaningful impact while staying true to my spiritual beliefs.

Second, The Nonprofit Realm: Nonprofit organizations are often associated with noble causes and altruistic intentions. They exist to bring about positive change, to uplift communities, and to address societal issues that often go unnoticed. My Passion for the cause, intertwined with my faith, was the primary motivation for starting a nonprofit. It remains the driving force behind our mission. However, Passion and dedication alone cannot sustain an organization. To make a lasting impact, we needed to figure out how to ensure financial sustainability while staying true to our core values.  

Third: Balancing Passion, Profit, and Faith: Let's be clear: the nonprofit world can sometimes be complicated. It's a delicate dance that requires careful consideration and strategic thinking. One specific thought I will share is the value of staying connected to like-minded partners. Be sure and willing to collaborate with individuals, organizations, and partners who share your faith-based values and vision. These partnerships can be instrumental in expanding your reach and impact, as well as in maintaining the ethical alignment of your work. 

Balancing Passion, profit, and faith in the nonprofit sector can be challenging, but it is a journey worth embarking on. It's not solely about achieving balance; it's about weaving various elements into a harmonious tapestry of purpose and impact.

Dr.Sanja Rickette Stinson, DM

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