Captain Nonprofit

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The cartoon Planet501c3 pokes fun at life in the nonprofit sector: 501(c)(3) is the IRS designation for nonprofit corporations. Planet501c3 was written and drawn by Miriam Engelberg, with ideas and suggestions provided by CompassPoint staff and many others. Two popular compilations of the cartoons, They Came from Planet501c3 and Planet501c3: The Next Generation, are only available for purchase through CompassPoint. Help support the Planet by buying either collection to give to your co-workers!

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Captain Nonprofit (01/31/2000)
Cartoon Transcript:

A man stands in front of a flip chart, holding a pointer. The caption at the top of the frame reads, "One morning at the MegaHuge Corporation." The man points to the information on the flip chart, which reads: "New Product Launch Event. Staffing $50,000; Food $150,000; Graphics $100,000; Infotainment $100,000." The man says, "As you can see - there's no way to do this event for under $400,000." In the next frame, there are 3 people around the conference room table and they balk simultaneously at the Presenter.
Person #1 (waving her hand in protest): "That's too much, we just can't do it."
Person #2: (pounds on the table) "Way over budget."
Person #3: "Out of the question."
The Presenter, pointer lowered and looking dejected says, "But then our new product is doomed! And so is our division."
The next frame's caption reads: "Meanwhile, in a small nonprofit somewhere in the United States." A woman, wearing a homely dress, stands in a file room and says, "Uh oh, distress signals from the corporate sector. This is a job for Captain Nonprofit." Transformed in the next frame, the woman wears her "secret nonprofit hero outfit" which consists of a flowing cape, tight pants and a shirt with a capital N on the front. She appears standing on the conference room table and says, "Just get me an old Mac SE and a couple of burned-out liberal arts majors. We'll do the event for under $1,000, no problem."
Person #1: "Hooray!"
Person #2: "All right!"
Person #3: "We're saved!"
Presenter: "Three cheers for Captain Nonprofit!" The End. Created and drawn by Miriam Engelberg and respectfully transcribed by Colleen Shelly.

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