First and foremost, I understand the practical nature of running and maintaining a thriving organization. Your organization consistently may try to do more with less; staff wear multiple hats as you hold down operational expenses. I am an experienced nonprofit executive who can help you identify your organization's pain points with an eye on seeking practical and realistic solutions. Here are some of the areas to consider:
An organizational scan can provide a road map to implement smart and effective organizational changes. Key dimensions such as vision, strategy, funding, leadership, staff, volunteers, values, marketing and communication, infrastructure, fiscal health and innovation are all taken into consideration. Based on your organization's scan, and working in partnership, recommendations will be provided to help you fulfill your mission.
An effective Board requires strategic recruitment of members. Additionally, setting clear expectations and providing training for each Board member will maximize their effectiveness as a lay leader. It is also important to hold organized and effective Board and committee meetings so their time is used wisely. Ongoing clear and concise communication between Board and staff also serves as a tool for high functioning Boards.
Staff management and leadership are key to maintaining an effective organization. Your organization's values and culture are critical to the health of your staff. Engaging staff in their own plan for growth is essential to the vitality of your organization. Identifying the leaders within your organization and providing them with opportunities to grow will enhance teamwork and effective staff management. Sprinkling fun into the mix is the secret sauce to developing a cohesive staff environment.
You, like every other nonprofit, functions with an element of uncertainty when it comes to raising money to fulfill your mission. What worked last year, may not this year. Providing your organizations' outcomes will be critical as they will increasingl tied to funding. The governmental money, donors and foundations that you relied on have moved on to another cause. A diversified stream of revenue is essential always with an eye on finding new funding partners and sources. Utilizing online tools and technology is critical in today's world. Having a clear plan to cultivate and steward your donors is part of your survival. Creative communication of your "why" is critical to keep you on your stakeholders' radar.
Transparency and clear communication of an organization's fiscal health has never been more important. As your organization competes with other worthy mission-driven causes, the ability to keep accurate and up-to-date financial records will strengthen your ability to show how being good stewards of your resources can set you apart. Being efficient and effective with your fiscal operational processes is one of the keys to your sustainability.
The successful launch of a nonprofit has established fundamental business components prior to "opening their doors". Enthusiasm to meet a need supersedes having a strong financial base to sustain growth. Too many organizations fail because they lacked the business acumen and guidance from the start. Often an organization's growth cycle starts to reveal cracks in their foundations that causes them to put their energy into plugging holes instead of concentrating on operations and administrative processes. Nonprofits have life cycles that require unique leadership, skills and strengths. Identifying your organization's life cycle will assist with sustaining your mission into the future.
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