It is easy to establish a nonprofit organization in the United States – and there is no shortage of need for the services that nonprofits provide. Within this environment, we see three primary challenges facing nonprofits:
Historically, nonprofits organizations could find donors willing to finance their operations even if they could not link services to trackable impact. This approach is becoming increasingly difficult, however, as donors insist on more and more accountability for impact. Moreover, the growing social entrepreneurship movement has increased the pool of funding candidates, creating competition for struggling nonprofits. With limited funding, attracting and retaining talent remains a continual challenge as well. These factors combine to threaten some nonprofits’ ability to stay in business.
To navigate the increasingly competitive waters, nonprofits must enhance the management competencies of their leaders, including securing access to tools and professional development opportunities. Succession planning is critical, particularly when transitioning from founders to new executives.
Many nonprofits struggle to say no. Staying focused on the mission is difficult, particularly when unmet needs are identified or opportunities arise out of new funding channels. Separately, some boards of directors may interpret their governance responsibilities differently from the nonprofit’s senior leaders, leading to miscommunication or conflict.
Arbinger helps nonprofits address these challenges through the implementation of an outward mindset. Our specific nonprofit programs enable socially focused organizations to progress through four levels of development:
Can receive funding from donors and provide anecdotal stories of impact
Can receive funding and provide donors with “impact intelligence”--data that reliably demonstrates results
Uses funding to deliver impact and become financially sustainable
Uses funding to deliver impact and fund its own growth
By applying an outward mindset to improve organizational effectiveness and strengthen working relationships with boards and other community members, nonprofit leaders foster more effective service delivery and greater mission impact. Nonprofits who have used these tools are consistently able to “level up,” enabling them to not only do more with the funding they receive, but accelerate fundraising by increasing donor confidence.
We deliver transformation tailored to nonprofits through the following programs and services:
* In partnership with Forever Young Foundation, we make our training available to community nonprofit leaders through a four-day intensive public workshop. The workshop includes Developing and Implementing an Outward Mindset (Arbinger’s foundational training), Outward Mindset Strategic Planning and Execution for Nonprofits, and monthly nonprofit teleconferences.
Eliminate the foundational problems that undercut effectiveness
Lead a team focused on enabling others to accomplish their objectives
Identify clear objectives for each service delivered
Develop plans to efficiently accomplish the objectives
Measure and report performance using new kinds of metrics
Improve donor confidence
Continuously improve and update processes to ensure objectives are met
Define board duties, responsibilities, and engagement