Do You Need to Get Your Not-for-Profit Together?
I love not-for-profits (NFP) and the positive impact they have on our society. For twenty years I’ve helped these organizations advance their missions. And sadly, for twenty years, I’ve been amazed at how the vast majority of NFPs are unwittingly sabotaging their efforts to do good. When it comes to the administrative side of running a NFP, these organizations need to Get. It. Together. (GIT).
Does Administration Matter?
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 work, the NFP cannot exist.
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. NFPs must Get. It. Together. (GIT) if they want to move from surviving to thriving.
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. These people will actively work to help your NFP Get. It. Together. (GIT).
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.
You Don’t Have to Go It Alone
The best way to advance your organization’s mission is to GIT. You’re busy making a difference and you need a charitable training community to help your NFP Get. It. Together. (#NFPgit).
A Blog That Cuts Through the B.S.
My blog, #NFPgit, cuts through the BS to help your NFP to Get. It. Together. I will share my real-life experiences as a frontline Development professional. My posts will provide you with insights and resources on the many ways your NFP can GIT. Plus, I will share my frustrations and challenges and look to you, my Charitable Training Community to help me get my #NFPGIT.
It is important to note that my writing style is conversational. Rather than focusing on perfection with spelling and grammar, I guarantee my posts will contain many, many errors. What can I say, I’m human.
I hope you will be a part of my charitable training community. Let’s help each other GIT for the good of our respective NFPs.