Getting Your Not-for-Profit Together
Are You Sabotaging Your Mission?
Not-for-profit organizations (NFP) positively impact our society. For twenty years, Charmaine Torma, founder of Charmaine Torma Consulting LLC (CTC), has committed her life to helping these organizations advance their missions. Sadly, the vast majority of NFPs are unwittingly sabotaging their efforts to do good, usually in several ways. First, they’re missing the boat when it comes to governance. Second, they aren’t investing the time and resources when it comes to administration. NFPs need to Get. It. Together. (GIT) especially when it comes to governance and administration.
It’s All About Your Programs and Services, Right?
NFP staff often don’t think administrative tasks are as important as the work that directly impacts the mission. Most staff are usually hyper-focused on programs and services. They don’t make time for the necessary administrative tasks such as marketing, communications, fund development, and even constituent engagement. The thing is, without this administrative work, your organization cannot exist.
No, It’s Not Just About Programs!
Think about it. You need to have a brand for your organization, and it needs to be distinguishable from other agencies doing similar work. To keep your stakeholders engaged, you need to communicate with them regularly. It’s necessary for them to hear about the good works you are doing to better the community. Since earned income isn’t enough to sustain the work that you do, you have to actively secure individuals to invest philanthropically in your NFP.
Don’t Forget about Governance
However, to achieve any of this you need effective governance of your NFP. Your organization and the communities you serve will suffer if you have bad governance. Strong governance starts with the right board members who are engaged in your mission. These are individuals who are your strongest ambassadors, benefactors, and campaigners.
Making a Real Impact
If you want your organization to truly make an impact, your organization needs to Get. It. Together (GIT). NFPs need to GIT with their board members. This starts from the moment you recruit a new board member. You need to GIT when you hire staff. Invest in your staff and provide ongoing education and professional development. You need to GIT as you plan on how to engage each of your stakeholders. You need to GIT as you develop your cultivation and solicitation strategies to secure donors.
Isn’t It Time to Get It Together?
The best way to advance your organization’s mission is to GIT, and CTC can help. We have the knowledge and proven track record to help your not-for-profit Get. It. Together. (#NFPgit).
A Blog That Cuts Through the B.S.
You’re busy making a difference. Our blog, NFPgit, cuts through the B.S. to help your NFP to Get. It. Together (GIT). Weekly articles will provide you with insights and resources on the many ways your organization can GIT.
Your Professional Trainer
Getting it together can be quite intimidating, especially when you don’t know how to achieve your goals. If you find yourself being intimidated and lacking the motivation to move forward, you should consider retaining an NFP consultant as your professional trainer. Learn more about CTC and how our services can help you and your NFP to GIT.