Sprout Distro

What’s the Non-Profit Industrial Complex and why should I care?

What’s the Non-Profit Industrial Complex and why should I care?

This introductory zine explains the “non-profit industrial complex” and how it functions to limit radical movements. It draws heavily on the book “The Revolution Will Not Be Funded: Beyond the Non-Profit Industrial Complex” and presents examples of this works on an international and national level. This particular zine isn’t the most nuanced argument, but it’s a helpful introduction to the topic and asks important questions about the institutionalization of social struggles.


The non-profit industrial complex (or the NPIC) is a system of relationships between, the State (or local and federal governments), the owning classes, foundations, and non-profit/NGO social service & social justice organizations that results in the surveillance, control, derailment, and everyday management of political movements. The state uses non-profits to: Monitor and control social justice movements; Divert public monies into private hands through foundations; Manage and control dissent in order to make the world safe for capitalism; Redirect activist energies into career-based modes of organizing instead of mass-based organizing capable of actually transforming society; Allow corporations to mask their exploitative and colonial work practices through "philanthropic" work; Encourage social movements to model themselves after capitalist structures rather than to challenge them.



SPROUT DISTRO is an anarchist zine distro (distributor) and publisher based in the occupied territory currently known as the United States.