Do you think Aikido should be profit making?
I think some of the problems with aikido is lack of money to (i) build dojo's (ii) rent dojo's (iii) advertise (iv) encourage senior instructors to travel and teach more.
Obviously some instructors teach aikido full time, but I'm not talking about that ('cos I assume their wages are very low). Rather, if we compare it to the set up in many karate clubs they tend to make large profits and therefore there is no shortage of clubs wishing to set up.
I belong to a non-profit affiliation and find that there is far more trust between instructors and students because you know that everyone is there for aikido, and not for money. This also means free grading and any money you pay for courses you know is just going towards the cost of bringing an instructor over, rather than 'wages'. Also, the club is affordable for almost anyone that wants to join.
What is the set up in your clubs and do you wish it was different or are there any changes you would make?