Non-profit organizations are continually faced with weighty decisions about how to meet the ever-changing needs of their communities. In the book Smart Stewardship for Nonprofits, author Peter Brinckerhoff lays out a well-designed path to making the right decisions for your organization. It’s as simple as asking the following seven questions to make sure a new venture is right for your organization:

  1. Smart Stewardship for NonprofitsMission – Is this choice consistent with our mission, values and strategies?
  2. Capability – Is it something we already do well?
  3. Capacity – Do we have the capacity we need?
  4. Money – What about money matters?
  5. Quality – Can we protect the quality of our existing services?
  6. Analysis – Have we done the appropriate business analyses?
  7. Consultation – Have we consulted/involved the appropriate people?

Each decision is different and needs to be handled with care. If you are uncertain about the answers to any of the aforementioned questions, you must press the “pause” button on the project until those issues are resolved.  Mission and integrity are the backbone of every non-profit, and they cannot be jeopardized by making a decision on a whim. Take these questions to heart when pursuing your next big move. Your stakeholders are counting on it.

Not for Profit Seminar

Peter Brinckerhoff will discuss this topic and more at our Annual Not-for-Profit Seminar, to be held Wednesday, May 22. Check in the coming months for more information.


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