AN NPQ CLASSIC: The long-term success of an organization depends on sustainability, but sustainability is not sufficient for maximizing the impact of an organization. The key to growth, explains the author, in large part lies in finding “the right revenue mix,” which, depending on the organization, may involve multiple funding sources or concentration on one source type.
Building on its success with a similar program in New York City, the foundation has announced two-year unrestricted grants and management development support for 262 small to mid-sized arts groups in six U.S. cities.
When the Social Innovation Fund started, it was heralded as a way to promote the scaling of innovative practice. Six years later, findings about the results are deemed merely “promising.” Is the major finding really that putting more money into already relatively large, well-capitalized organizations creates quicker movement forward?
Nonprofits face many administrative challenges on a day-to-day basis, ranging from managing donations and fundraising relationships to making sure the bills are paid. However, those organizations receiving federal grants face additional administrative burdens, and must establish monitoring and reporting systems that comport with the government’s. In the following article, Eric Sobota of BDO USA outlines some of these specific requirements and best practices for implementing them.
To discover what really works in nonprofit capacity building, Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (GEO) conducted “listening sessions” with funders and nonprofits. This article flows from that inquiry – presenting three core principles, drawn from practice, that funders should consider.
People don’t serve on an organization’s board of directors because they love strategic planning, but such planning falls squarely within a board member’s responsibilities. Two organizations on two coasts found successful and innovative ways to include more voices in their strategic planning processes. A third chose a participatory method to evaluate their programs. Here are some of their best practices and tips for making organizational strategic planning and evaluation as inclusive and effective as possible.
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