Non Profit Manifesto
This isn’t a long, rambling manifesto. This isn’t a thou shalt not type of manifesto. It’s a Hugh MacLeod-style manifesto, one specifically for non-profit organizations. As a typically verbose, rambling moron, I really enjoy the challenge of saying a lot with little.
- Your mission is what you’re here to do, your raison d’etre.
- Your vision is where you’re going.
- Your strategy is how you’ll get there.
- Be able to describe your mission, your vision, and your strategy in short, succinct statements that everyone can understand.
- Non-profit life is hard, but you’re not a beggar. Ask for money but don’t apologize for doing good works.
- Fee for service is the non-profit equivalent of revenue; companies can’t survive without charging for their products.
- If your customers cannot pay for the services, find people to pay for them.
- Donors are investors – they seek a return on their investment.
- Show how much you do with the few resources you have.
- The right time to ask a donor for money is when you’ve shown that the last donation was used well.
- Always say thank you.
- Tell a story in everything you do.
- Try to be the best at something.
- You might make more money in the business world, but you can make more of a difference in a non-profit.
- Remember your mission, your vision, and your strategy.