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Making Sense of “Sustainability” and Its Uses and Misuses in the Arts

Source: Nonprofit Quarterly
“Like all popular buzzwords, there is value to [sustainability], and I applaud the notion that we have to look at both the long-range prospects and the long-range effects of the things we do. But as often happens, the term has been misused by people who fundamentally misunderstand its meaning.”
Posted on: August 26, 2015
Topics: Finance | Sustainability

Nonprofit Quarterly’s Executive Transition Webinar Series

Source: Nonprofit Quarterly
Nonprofit Quarterly's 4-part webinar series on executive transitions is a great resource for all nonprofits that want to ensure they remain stable and sustainable during a leadership transition.
Posted on: June 29, 2015
Topics: Board | Board Roles & Responsibilities | Executive | Executive Transition | Human Resources | Leadership | Planning | Sustainability

From an Overhead Myth to an Overhead Solution

Source: Overhead Myth
Jacob Harold, President & CEO of GuideStar, recently posted a call to nonprofits on the Overhead Myth campaign's blog. He shares a letter that outlines three steps nonprofits can take to help "solve" the overhead problem as well as a great list of resources to educate both yourself and your funders.
Posted on: November 6, 2014
Topics: Fundraising | Leadership | Philanthropy | Sustainability

Accountability and the Sustainable Nonprofit

Source: Foundation Center
This author proposes that "we must account for ourselves, something that requires each of us to exercise constant vigilance and sensitivity. It is a promise we should all make and try our best to keep. If we can keep that promise, we may even find a new path to sustainability for our organizations and the work they do." Read the article from the Foundation Center.
Posted on: May 2, 2013
Topics: Accountability (Ethics) | Sustainability

New Resources for Nonprofits Weathering the Economic Storm

Source: National Council of Nonprofits
The National Council of Nonprofits – to which you belong through your membership in The NH Center for Nonprofits– has launched the “Nonprofit Economic Vitality Center” on its website.  When you visit this new site you will find it is divided into three sections: an overview of the seriousness of the economic decline, analyses about how the economic decline is hurting nonprofits, and action steps you can consider to weather this storm. NHCN has been a proud member of NCNA for many years and this year, through dues we pay to NCNA, our members automatically become NCN members. It is a great addition to your membership to have an action-oriented, advocacy connection in DC that is linking all of us here in New Hampshire with avenues for advoacy across the country. Learn more about this new resource from the National Council of Nonprofits.
Posted on: May 2, 2013
Topics: Sustainability

Sustaining Nonprofits During Economic Downturns

Source: Nonprofit Risk Management Center
As economic downturns reduce household incomes and lower investors' and consumers' confidence in the economy, nonprofits face especially troubling times. On one hand, most nonprofits' incomes fall during these recessionary times: private contributions decline as individual, corporate, and foundation donors are less inclined to give; governmental funding declines or disappears; and earnings from endowments shrink along with their capital market values. On the other hand, economic downturns put added demands on nonprofits' already dwindling resources: more clients ask for increased help; fewer volunteers, concerned about their own household incomes, willingly give their time to nonprofit service; and budgets for many routine activities — such as public outreach and maintenance of buildings and vehicles — are cut so that every possible dollar can be channeled more directly into client services. Read the article from the Nonprofit Risk Management Center.
Posted on: May 2, 2013
Topics: Sustainability

20 Emergency Funding Ideas for Nonprofits

Source: Fieldstone Alliance
Consulting staff at Fieldstone Alliance developed a list of 20 emergency funding ideas. These are revenue sources that can be accessed quickly—usually within 30 days. Not all of these sources are available to all nonprofits, and some of them carry great risk. Nonetheless, they offer them in the hope that you will find the list useful and thought-provoking. Read the article from Fieldstone Alliance.
Posted on: May 2, 2013
Topics: Sustainability

185 Cutback Strategies

Source: Fieldstone Alliance
This excerpt from "Coping with Cutbacks: The Nonprofit Guide to Success When Times Are Tight" has 185 strategies you can use to deal with emergency funding shortfalls.

Read the article from Fieldstone Alliance.
Posted on: May 2, 2013
Topics: Sustainability

Finding Your Funding Model: A Practical Approach to Nonprofit Sustainability

Source: Bridgespan
Developing a funding strategy that leads to financial sustainability is central to any nonprofit's ability to increase its impact. Yet understanding exactly how remains far from clear. The Bridgespan Group has developed an approach to help organizations identify and develop funding models that can best position them to achieve programmatic aspirations. Finding Your Funding Model is a downloadable tool that provides practical guidance for the steps required, and the decisions and tradeoffs to be made, that will confront nonprofit leaders along the way. Read the article from Bridgespan.
Posted on: May 2, 2013
Topics: Fundraising | Finance | Sustainability

Financial Independence: Six Approaches

The Nonprofit Quarterly
We all want financial independence, but actually getting there is easier said than done. This article proposes that knowing your options is a solid first step.
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Posted on: February 28, 2013
Topics: Finance | Sustainability

The Sustainability Formula

Source: TCC Group
TCC Group released a new paper, The Sustainability Formula: How Nonprofit Organizations Can Thrive in the Emerging Economy, on the results of an analysis of the factors that predict sustainability for approximately 700 nonprofit organizations that were surveyed using its Core Capacity Assessment Tool (CCAT). 
Posted on: February 27, 2013
Topics: Sustainability | Leadership

Surviving the Financial Crisis - A BoardSource Toolkit

Presented in a straight-to-the-point style designed to help you take immediate action, this 77-page guide is packed with checklists, tips, action steps, quizzes, sample documents, key points to remember, and tough questions boards should be asking. $25 for BoardSource Members; $38 Nonmembers.
Visit BoardSource and purchase a copy.
Posted on: February 27, 2013
Topics: Sustainability
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