Sustainability of Non Profit Organizations
By Jayne Gumpel
Not-for-Profit Organizations face a leadership crisis due to large scale economic and demographic shifts taking place nationally and globally
Non profit organizations carry the challenge and the burden of delivering programs whose mission is centered around sustainability (as defined by The Global ARC.) Walkable cities, rooftop gardens, water management and education, recycling, land trusts, public education, new biology initiatives and ‘Green’ awareness just to name a few. Due to the political and economic challenges today these non profit organizations face numerous challenges which include:
- A changing funding landscape. Public funding is drying up and competition for private funding is increasing. Under capitalization prevents even the most effective organizations from expanding their reach or bringing their programs to scale.
- An increase focus on collaboration, alliances and restructuring. A solution here and there without a regional and global context and far reaching effectiveness is limited without transparency, marketing and connection to other like minded organizations. How does one know that their solution really makes sense and is the best use of their resources? What other organizations are delivering similar programs and to what success? What are these organizations learning and how can they share this?
- Burnout. Many leaders cannot stay in their positions for more than a few years due to lack of support, stress, low pay and work/life balance issues.
- Succession planning. Only %25 of not for profits have a succession plan in place and 43% of NPO leaders will leave their organization within the next 5 years.
- Staff attrition due to low pay scales. People simply can not afford to work in the organizations they believe in.
- A demand for evidenced based research. Most small NPOs do not have the skills or resources to plan for and deliver research methodologies. Much of the funding demands high level quantitative and qualitative data that documents the impact of the organization’s work.
The Concern here is the viability and sustainability of the
not for profit organizations that deliver high impact sustainability solutions locally, regionally and/or globally.
- Non profit organizations that are sustainable, evidenced based and growth oriented and
- meet the criteria of The GARC sustainability framework and Grand Challenge Themes.
- Increase leadership effectiveness. Encourage succession planning. Help executive directors manage better by
- providing best practice models, informed research and access to a network library. Link solutions to funding,
- marketing arenas and other leaders within their area of program delivery and to other relanvent organizations.
- Create groups for NPO leaders and emerging leaders with a process model that
- supports, educates, and challenges the leader to enable it to thrive.
By mikeman12 on May 11, 2011 at 02:05 PM
By Jayne Gumpel on March 07, 2010 at 06:20 PM
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