Nonprofits that can stay afloat do so by having a viable mission statement, ethical, accountable, and transparent practices. Additionally, successful nonprofits recruit working boards and educated staff. They can keep up with technology and social entrepreneurs. A nonprofits mission is at the core of why they are in business whereas the values drive how nonprofits conduct business. Transparency, ethics, accountability must begin within the organization before they move outward.
Leadership should be visible and accessible. In a bottom –up management, management is treated as support and values direct staff. In this model, management attempts to be an enabler not a restrictor. Management treats employees as they want to be treated, leaders are willing to follow. Supervisors provide the tools and training to the frontline employees. They encourage, coach, and mentor staff. A working board understands the mission of the nonprofit and acts in support of the mission. The board works directly with the executive director and/or CEO and evaluates him or her annually. The board will change over time and provides the nonprofit public support. The board is a key asset when the right individuals have been recruited. A nonprofit’sboard is usually responsible for:
- Government reporting
- Policy and organizational goals
- Hiring of ED and/orCEO
- Fiscal and personnel policies compliance
- Nominating of other officers
- Volunteer work
Finally, when making decisions, the nonprofit should keep the following in mind; a) does the action support the organization’s mission, b) does the action maintain focus on the organization’s priorities, and c) has adequate research been conducted. Keeping the aforementioned will ensure that nonprofits keep focus on their mission and values. For more information and training go to Center for Nonprofit Management or Blue Avacodo’s web page.