Is Bigger Always Better? Money vs. Mission

Whenever I talk about strategic planning, I make sure to very quickly help folks understand one important thing:  strategic planning isn’t necessarily about planning for growth, but is always about planning for organizational evolution, which may involve growth, or shrinkage, or moving towards perfection and say nothing about size, or….

This is confusing because most people see growth as the goal.  In this country, bigger is always seen as better and nonprofits have fallen into the trap of thinking they are failing if they consciously choose Read more

Losing faith in the nonprofit sector

For most nonprofits, it’s either the beginning, or the last quarter, of the fiscal year.  Either way, it’s the time when we’re thinking even more than usual about our money.  Surplus or deficit?  When will it come in and from where?  How can we use it wisely to deliver on our mission promises and still sustain the organization?

Here are some interesting research findings to inform your thinking and your work around finances.
But so we are clear:  I’m not reporting on results from the hot-off-the-press GivingUSA Read more

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