Why Tiny Opera House

This is the first of a series of posts that will give backstory and gravity to the mission of Tiny Opera House.
And it all starts with a simple question: Why?

Why should we support small and startup nonprofits? And why do we need any more nonprofit organizations?

Why Tiny Opera House?

Most folks working as professionals in the philanthropy sector will tell you that there are too many nonprofits already. They will say that there too many organizations doing the same or similar work and that creates an inefficient allocation of resources. Large organizations, they will say, are in the best position to address social issues because they can scale up solutions and are able to devote more resources to solving problems.

We think they are wrong.

For the next few weeks, we’ll tackle a different part of the argument each week and tell you why we’re building Tiny Opera House as the future of small nonprofit management.

Scale is not a magic bullet
When the solution to 5,000 problems is not one organization serving all 5,000 but 500 serving 10

Large organizations aren’t exactly perfect
Why sometimes small works better than big in the social sector

It’s just like everything else
The wave of businesses and systems like ridesharing, homesharing, and crowdfunding – that empower individuals and small groups is on track to change the face of the nonprofit sector

My mom and the pie argument
New money for new ideas means a bigger pie, not smaller slices. Plus a bonus recipe for an actual pie that my actual mom makes

It’s about creativity and innovation
Empowering creative individuals and small organizations fosters a culture of innovation in the social sector

It’s about diversity
New voices and new perspectives are crucial to addressing the challenges of the future

It’s about data
The future of all nonprofits is better data, better management, and better impact measurement, for all sizes of nonprofit organizations

It’s a systems problem
The solution to running effective, efficient, and impactful small organizations with few or no staff is better management systems