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As most nonprofits are getting into the swing of things and passionately pursuing their mission, organization and details inevitably fall by the wayside.
 
 
 
 
 

Lessons for Launching Your Nonprofit

Dear Church Leader,

I’ve had the privilege and honor of consulting various nonprofits for the past 5 years. I’ve worked with churches, missions organizations, women’s resource centers, and a variety of other projects within this time. As I’ve worked with these groups, I’ve learned a couple of simple lessons that are beneficial to every nonprofit across the spectrum.

As most nonprofits are getting into the swing of things and passionately pursuing their mission, organization and details inevitably fall by the wayside. One of the first things I suggest is to simplify through organization and documentation. It may take some time on the front end, but by doing this, you actually set your organization up for greater success. Here are some things to consider as you launch your nonprofit organization.

  1. Take some time to update your new hire packet. Add your vision and mission statements, a statement of beliefs, time-off parameters, employee benefits, and company policies to this document. As time goes on, your vision and mission become clearer and many times your nonprofit expands. In the moment, you won’t have the time to tweak and update your new hire packet. So, taking the time to do it now saves time, energy, and training when you do expand. For many organizations, I’ve assisted in actually creating a new hire packet!

  1. Once your team and their roles are more established, work to create and define job descriptions and clear duties. In most nonprofits, individuals wear multiple hats. I’ve found that clearly defining a primary role, along with clear responsibilities, and listing out extra duties within that description create greater buy in and stronger work ethic. Providing this kind of clarity will serve employees (and the company) well.

  1. Once that’s established, create annual goals for your nonprofit. What are the two big things you want to focus on for the year? Some examples might be: growing 5%, collaborating with one another more, expanding your work. As the leader, set clear goals and outcomes each quarter for every position, including volunteers. Get creative and allow the team to discuss what each department and role will do throughout the year to accomplish the main goals. Share the load, create buy in, work together, and have clear outcomes that each individual on your team is working toward together.

This simple level of documentation and organization will result in greater outcomes and results for your nonprofit organization.
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