Paying taxes, doing good and fulfilling mission -- that's what the nonprofit religious order the Cistercian Abbey of Our Lady of Spring Bank are doing through their for-profit subsidiary, LaserMonks Inc.
The New York Times and Fast Company and a number of other business magazines have featured stories on LaserMonks Inc. According to the Times, last year the monk's business sold $4.5 million worth of products. And there's only 6 monks at this Abbey.
What the monks are demonstrating is that with will and a few resources, non-donor support is possible. At the very minimum, nonprofits should think about ordering through these folks as a part of supporting mission all the way around.