Wondering how your nonprofit could generate earned income?

Hi, I'm Dave Manning. I help nonprofits make money.

My Vision:

A world where most people wake up feeling inspired by meaningful work, connected with their communities, motivated to be better, and excited for what's ahead. Think how far we'd get!

My Mission:

To help smaller, secular nonprofits generate more earned income so they can afford to grow their meaningful brands, workplaces, and communities.

Meaningful Work (s)

Future-Focused, Meaning-Centered Change

I believe Viktor Frankl was right: our "search for meaning" is the primary motivation in life (not pleasure, not power)– meaning matters most.


I also believe in using business principles to solve problems that matter (...problems often created by businesses in the first place).

That's why, after a decade in the business sector followed by several years teaching high school business, I formed Grow Meaningful to embrace the idea-generating tensions where for-profit and nonprofit thinking intersect.

That's also what sets me and Grow Meaningful apart from other earned revenue consultants: I'm not just doing this because I understand business and love social entrepreneurship. There are plenty of people out there who can help with those things, many with decades of experience. For me, it's about far more than that.


I'm specifically, purposefully, passionately trying to add more meaning into the modern world by helping nonprofits grow and sustain their impact with earned income. I want to live in a better, fairer, kinder, and happier world, and I've come to see that nonprofits are uniquely positioned to make that happen better than any other organizations, institutions, or sector.

The best nonprofits make a lasting impact in their communities, create products and services which customers trust and feel good about buying, provide meaningful work that employees actually want to do, and bring people and ideas together in progressive ways. They're also tax advantaged and have no private ownership conflicts!

To help create the world I envision, I need to do everything I can to ensure the growth, success, and proliferation of smaller, community-minded, secular nonprofits– not only as places to volunteer at or donate to, but to work, shop, gather, learn, and dream. I just happen to really understand business and love social entrepreneurship...

people connected with their communities at Providence Waterfire

Free Quickstart Guide

Plus Actionable Monthly Resources

Collaborating for the greater good can help anyone bring meaning to daily life, feel happier, and be a part of stories worth telling. That's why people love nonprofits so much– they're communities of purpose.

Unfortunately, many nonprofits operate with a scarcity mindset (sometimes by choice, sometimes by force), doing incredible things on shoestring budgets with underpaid and/or volunteer staff.


It doesn't have to be that way, though. In fact, today's social sector is so robust (B Corps, social enterprises, etc.) that many traditionally minded (and funded) nonprofits will be forced to close or merge, leaving countless beneficiaries and communities underserved.

The best solution is to start generating and sustaining nonprofit earned income. But where to begin? This Quickstart Guide contains three important organization development concepts to be embraced before your nonprofit should even think about starting an earned revenue program. "Walk before you run."

If you're already walking, well this will help check that your shoelaces are still tied. You'll learn how your nonprofit can quickly become more effective, adaptable, and resilient by: 

Like chess, these don't take long to understand but are far more complex than they initially appear. Each month you'll also receive a new actionable resource that does focus on earned income strategy.

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