The Audacity of BIG Charities

Let’s consider something that few people ever think about. With the advent of modern “mega charities” such as The American Cancer Society, National MS Society, ALS Association, and a slew of other disease focused non-profits, has anyone thought about the ridiculous premise they are truly based on?

Think about a typical business. If it’s a business selling a product, then it comes down to supply and demand. They sell a product that meets a demand in the marketplace and the business is profitable and successful. If it’s selling a service, they a meeting the needs of the market and ultimately profiting their way to success. Clearly these examples are super-simplified, but the idea is that they are predicated on filling a need in the marketplace and providing continued superior solutions to remain successful in the long-term.

Charities like the National MS Society and the others appears to fill a need in the world of medicine right? Their professed goal is the “find a cure” for their prospective disease. Ask yourself “is that really what they want to do?”

If any of these organizations ever found a cure for the disease they focused on, wouldn’t they become irrelevant faster than the blink of an eye? Millions, if not billions of dollars funneling through these organizations to pharmaceutical companies would dry up like the Sahara Desert, and thousands would be left jobless. So is it really in their best interests to find a cure? Would Remington donate money to PETA to support their efforts to ban hunting?

The very idea that these disease based mega-charities are focused on nullifying the very reason for their existence flies in the face of all logic. It really is an asinine business model. Let’s say the National MS Society finds a cure for MS. Then what do they do? Do they fire everyone? What about the drug companies? They receive millions upon millions of dollars to find treatments and cures for diseases but once a cure is found…then what? At least drug makers are a little more diversified than the narrow focus of some of these disease organizations.

My point is that maybe we should question the real motivation of some of these giant nonprofits and not always take their word as the gospel truth. Question their position on things. Question what you think you know. Always continue to seek your new truth and don’t always take “their” words for the only way it is.


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