A short list of these positive attributes include:
- Passionate, motivated and dedicated staff, volunteers and supporters
- A reason for being that stirs true commitment, beyond a simple profit motive
- Generally lean and efficient operations
- Favourable tax and financial supports
But the one most hopeful number is this: 71.5%. That the percentage of employees in the "voluntary and non-profit" sector in 2008 who had a college diploma, a university degree, or a post-graduate degree.
In short, the hundreds of thousands of people working in this sector are also highly educated. I don't think it's too far a reach to suggest this equates to a level of creativity, of thoughtfulness, and simple brainpower that bodes well for our viability.
Yes there are storms ahead, but the number 71.5% may well be one glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel.