Are social service agencies forced to avoid the tools of success?
Church-connected charity workers live "poor as a churchmouse." Other charities rely on cast-off computers, not business-class technology. It's unseemly for a social service worker to demand a competitive wage. Anti-poverty agencies are kept dependent by the giving standards of the philanthropy industry. No marketing budget. Don't give incentives to program participants. Don't overspend on overhead.
The following TED video attacks this issue head-on.