Presentation on theme: "The 5 Characteristics Successful Nonprofits Have in Common"— Presentation transcript:
1 The 5 Characteristics Successful Nonprofits Have in Common Chris Allers, PhDExecutive Vice PresidentGeorgia Center for Nonprofits
2 7_85Georgia Center for Nonprofits: Building nonprofit solutions, representing GA’s nonprofit industry, developing insightsOur mission:The Georgia Center for Nonprofits builds thriving communities by helping nonprofits succeed.Through a powerful mix of advocacy, solutions for nonprofit effectiveness, and insight building resources, GCN provides nonprofits, board members and donors with the tools they need to strengthen organizations that make a difference on important causes throughout Georgia. What we do:Largest nonprofit membership association in GANonprofit-centric solutions for talent development, strategy, governancePublish original sector & community researchThe leading sector voice in state policy mattersWork with business and government to expand public awareness and sector revenue via Georgia Gives Day, Home Depot Building Community Network, Love Grants for Good, Nonprofit Tool Box at TCFSolutionsInfluenceInsight
3 Designed to provide agencies with deep knowledge and experience in nonprofit operations and strengthen nonprofit leaders.Each participating agency will have a complete set of tools needed to become a high performing organization.Board members and key staff will know their roles and responsibilities in governing a nonprofit organization.
4 Momentum InvestorsCreel-HarrisonRobert W. Woodruff Foundation
5 Momentum Components Work with Teams Organizational assessments Strategy DevelopmentOrganizational assessmentsReview & create/refine strategies (3 months)Workshops10 full day & 6 half days over 18 monthsBoard Boot CampCoachingAverage of 30 hours per groupPeer GroupsFormed during the 18 month programContinue beyond programResultsComplete Strategic PlanBoard Buy in & Commitment to $Active ImplementationEvaluationWork with Teams
6 Nonprofit High Performance Model Clear and Compelling LeadershipStrategic IntentAlignment of People, Passion & PurposeEffective ExecutionPowerful Partnerships & Collaborations
12 High Performance Assessment Challenges Over 70 nonprofit organizations from across Georgia (500+ surveys) completed a 230+ item organizational diagnostic assessment.Strategic IntentAlignment of People, Passion and PurposeExecutionPartnershipsLeadership
13 Strategy Pain Points Clarity on the 3-5 long-term strategic priorities Board reviewing the strategic plan implementation progress at least quarterlyBoard engagement in ongoing strategic plan implementation activitiesUsing "market data" to set and adjust strategyFundraising and resource development strategies aligned with the strategic plan
14 Alignment Pain Points Succession Planning Development Plans for Future LeadersProcesses for identifying, developing and transitioning board membersBoard reflecting the diversity, ethnicity, educational and economic status of the communities served by the organization.Processes for selecting, developing, and transitioning new board leadership
15 Alignment Pain PointsBoards evaluating the CEO/Executive Director based on strategic prioritiesBoard regularly reviewing its own effectiveness and assessing strengths and deficiencies.Boards having the right balance of work and fun activitiesBoards having appropriate committees with clear charters
16 Alignment Pain PointsHaving a sufficient number of volunteers to support organizational objectivesEffective volunteer recruitment processesVolunteer retention strategiesThe ability to measure volunteer satisfaction and concerns
17 Execution Pain PointsClear measures of success for departments and programs that are linked to the goals of the organization as a wholeHaving the resources (i.e., sufficient budget and staff) to be effectiveHaving defined, cost-effective procedures for evaluating, both qualitatively and quantitatively, programs and projects
18 Execution Pain PointsResources needed to insure that its information technology infrastructure is well maintained and updatedCommunications plan effectively promotes the mission, motivates action and increases fundingQuality of the organization's equipment and physical work environment
20 Sector StrengthsExecutive Director/CEO effectively balances strategic thinking with day-to-day operationExecutive Director/CEO understands the need for board developmentThe Board monitors the fiscal health of the organization at least quarterlyThe board conducts four meetings or more per fiscal year.
21 Sector StrengthsThe organization's purpose and activities meet unique community needsThe organization produces periodic, regular and accurate statements reflecting its financial position.Policies are in place to govern the acceptance and disposition of charitable gifts that are received in the course of its regular fundraising activities.
22 Sector StrengthsThe organization is "cost conscious" and looks for the most efficient way to use funds.
23 Nonprofit High Performance Model Clear and Compelling LeadershipStrategic IntentAlignment of People, Passion & PurposeEffective ExecutionPowerful Partnerships & Collaborations
24 Charity Case: How the Nonprofit Community Can Stand Up for Itself and Really Change the World “If you put these things together –you can't use money to attract talent,you can't advertise,you can't take risks,you can't invest in long-term results”- “then we have just put the humanitarian sector at the most extreme disadvantage to the for-profit sector on every level, and then we call the whole system charity, as if there is something incredibly sweet about it.” ― Dan Pallotta,