The Apocalyptic Style and Non-Profit Revenue Models

Some weeks ago, I met a young woman — a friend of a friend — who was involved in a variety of charitable groups, including Planned Parenthood. She painted a vivid portrait of Planned Parenthood under assault, of know-nothings gutting sex ed. She even attributed a spike in the spread of venereal disease to abstinence-only education, using very broad strokes to make her case.

It turns out that this vivid, at times apocalyptic style has helped turn Planned Parenthood into a flourishing organization — flush with cash, with a renewed mission to minister to the health needs of affluent women, and even men, in the suburbs.