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ICYMI: To truly help people, let’s abandon average and emphasize individuals instead

Read Stand Together Foundation Executive Director Evan Feinberg's latest column in Forbes.

December 12, 2022

This article was originally published by Stand Together Foundation.

Is there such a thing as an "average person"? 

This may be the single most important question for nonprofit leaders—and I've found we're largely giving the wrong answer. Virtually everything the social sector does is based on the belief that "average people" exist and require an approach that makes the biggest "average difference." It isn't working. 

This week, Evan published an important article on Forbes that considers why homelessness is rising fast, educational outcomes falling hard, and addiction rates are accelerating. Essentially, we're trying to help people who don't exist. Instead of focusing on the average person, let's focus on the actual person in front of us. 

In other words, let's abandon average for individuals. 

Read the full article on Forbes.

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