Should nonprofits “get political”?

“If we were a country, [the nonprofit sector in America] would be the seventh biggest economy in the planet… yet in the smallest town, we don’t have a say in the budget process. We pace outside city hall, waiting to see what gets cut, and then render our clothes and bark at the moon, and think that’s all we can do… There are laws that allow us to be actively involved, and we should utilize every single one of those laws to the maximum potential we have.”
Robert Egger, founder of D.C. Central Kitchen

Last week Egger debated Pablo Eisenberg, a senior fellow at Georgetown University, who believes that charities should remain nonpolitical. The event was sponsored by the Hudson Institute’s Bradley Center for Philanthropy and Civic Renewal. You can read a transcript, listen to it in its entirety, or watch more snippets.