Nonprofit services have become an integral part of our society and we depend upon their good works everyday. With this in mind, executive leaders and governance volunteers need to dedicate greater effort to improving their organization's financial health and succession planning. We can all agree, we need healthier nonprofits to help create healthier communities.
"...one-third of Canadians were reported to donate in response to canvassing at a shopping centre or on the street.Canvassing yields 20% of the total donations charities receive annually." As you consider your charitable gifts this holiday, I offer some considerations to the donors and charities engaged in canvassing for cash contributions.
To adopt an innovative mindset requires leadership that empowers staff and volunteers to solve problems that matter most to executing an organization's mission. Nonprofits stewarding a curious culture, where staff are permitted to question assumptions and constructively challenge the status quo more often produce better innovative results.
Undertaking a merger requires a high level of due diligence and an investment of resources in order to reach the decision. The basis being an intent to act in the best interest of both organizations, and mitigate any current or future risks.
In the coming weeks and months I want to dig deeper into this issue as it impacts our charitable sector and the public confidence in our work. In the meantime, I thought I would first turn to you for your response to the my first burning question. When a charity abruptly stops serving its community, what detail of information, if any, is the public entitled to receive?
We are living in a time organizational culture is everything, and everything represents culture. Nonprofit organizations should be vigilant with their own people as much as the communities they serve. If organizations are operating contrary to authentic equal respect and value for all - Millennials will read the BS meter and walk.
Traditional executive searches can take 3 to 6 months and the Board may not have an appetite for potential loss of momentum during a critical time or that making internal 'acting' appointments may exacerbate any existing employee(s) incapacity or risks of burnout. Consider all factors carefully. The option of appointing an Interim Executive can be the right solution to transition through a challenging period and be the bridge to future success.
When nonprofits thrive in a healthy ecosystem and are deliberate in capacity building over time, it strengthens a nonprofit's ability to deliver its mission.
The common idea of 'what gets measured, gets done' falls short of the importance of applying learning derived from the evaluation of performance and levels of satisfaction of client and donor....
Organizations, like the YMCA, universities and government municipalities operating in this fitness space are uniquely positioned to impact the health and wellness of individuals, strengthen our communities and extend their Missions. I am suggesting 3 areas where charities/nonprofits could better compete to gain market share and improve the health and well-being of Canadians.