Monday, June 15, 2009

A nonprofit 'tree'

I'm always looking for interesting ways to describe the scope and complexity of the nonprofit sector. This morning, I discovered one of the most intriguing in my in-box.

The Taxonomic Tree of Philanthropy, credited to George McCully, builds upon four primary branches: International, Nature, Human Services, and Culture. A full description of the taxonomy can be found here.

While I think it's one of the better visualizations of philanthropy, it's only one representation of the sector in which we work and volunteer. What are your initial impressions? Do you see your organization here, not only as a branch, but as a part of the larger body? What is added by this particular metaphor? What is McCully missing? I'm interested in your thoughts on this tool.

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