As nonprofit communications consultant Allison Carney succintly puts it, bizsplaining is mansplaining for nonprofits. More specifically, it’s when “people from the ‘business world’ talk to nonprofit staff like they have never successfully operated a blender, let alone worked (successfully) in their underpaid, understaffed, and completely vital position for years.”
We usually just nod along, rolling our eyes internally when this happens. But it’s time we react to them in a language they would understand. Here’s how the judges from Shark Tank would do it.
1. When they say you should “pivot” to working on education instead of sanitation to open up “alternative funding avenues” because anyway, “don’t all nonprofits function similarly?”
2. When they tell you how much easier your life would be if you outsourced your marketing instead of doing it in-house, and ask what’s holding you back
Ayesha Marfatia was previously an editorial associate at India Development Review. At IDR, in addition to writing, editing, and handling research-driven reports, she also supported the team with website management and digital marketing. Her work has been featured on The Wire, Scroll.in, and Quartz India. Ayesha holds a BA in Sociology and Anthropology from St Xavier’s College, Mumbai.