My guess is that you want to attract more money for your mission. Who doesn’t, right?
But to do that you need to cultivate a Culture of Mission and Money among your board, staff, and funders.
Does your nonprofit have one?
Here are some key things present in a nonprofit with a robust culture of money and mission. Which are happening in your organization?
☐ You make decisions about programs (whether to add, cut, or change programs) by first understanding the money impact of those decisions.
☐ You pursue fundraising activities only if they clearly fit with your core competencies & mission.
☐ Your board discusses how money is working for your organization at every board meeting.
☐ A single staff member (or an integrated team of staff) is responsible for managing ALL revenue lines.
☐ Every single one of your board members contributes to your financial model (by making a personal contribution, securing a gift from their company or foundation, going on donor visits…).
☐ Your program staff and fundraising staff constantly work together to determine how to fund the work.
☐ Your funders understand the total costs — not just program costs — of the work you do.
☐ You have a long-term money strategy that all staff and board understand and believe in.
If most of these apply to your nonprofit, congratulations! You are definitely in the minority in the sector, and good for you!
If few or none of these apply to you, take comfort because you are far from alone. Few nonprofits enjoy a robust culture of money and mission.
But the good news is you have the power to change that!
By helping your board and staff — and even your funders! — embrace money as an incredibly useful tool for achieving your mission, money can become an abundant resource for you.
If you want to attract more money, people, and influence to your work, here are 3 ways I can help:
- Grab a copy of my book Reinventing Social Change to learn how to start moving toward abundance.
- Watch my video training series on moving from scarcity to abundance.
- Schedule a discovery call with me here to see if Strategic Advising is right for you. If you’re intrigued by the idea of having someone in your corner helping you grow your fundraising, create a more helpful board, or build your confidence as a leader, let’s talk.
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