It’s Just Like Everything Else

Over the past decade, there has been an overwhelming economic trend toward the empowerment of individuals and small groups over large organizations. Social media has made it possible for everyone to have a voice, Square made it possible for everyone to accept credit cards, Kickstarter made everyone a philanthropist, and Uber made it possible for everyone to be their own a small business. It is the age of micro-retail, micro-brewing, so why not micro-philanthropy?

Tiny Opera House levels the playing field for nonprofits
An important component of each of these revolutions is the platform. As software development costs have decreased, there is an emergence of viable business models for all types of specialized tools for niche markets. These solutions create a new, flat hierarchy and altered distribution of resources that equalizes the playing field. Now, with the help of new systems, any individual with a spare room and an Airbnb account can compete for customers with a multi-national hotel chain.

We see innovation in the nonprofit space the same way. Tiny Opera House levels the playing field for nonprofits as we build community and capacity in the philanthropic space. With better management and better data, we see a world where any individual or small organization can compete for the same resources and be in the same conversation as the larger, more traditional sector offerings.