Nonprofit Soul Searching

Posted by on Sep 28, 2011 | 0 comments

It’s not always easy to stay on mission, but it should be. And it’s even harder to take a deep breath and look inside your nonprofit to identify values and principles that define what and why your organization really is.

This GREAT blog entry from the Chronicle of Philanthropy talks about the importance of a nonprofit finding its soul (an appropriate blog entry to follow my “Are You Having An Affair….” post earlier this week, don’t you think?).

But seriously, the blog post author, Mark Haas, outlines values that many nonprofits find difficult to truly “live” in day-to-day business. Take a look and do a self-assessment of your nonprofit.

” Crafting a set of values is a difficult, heart-wrenching exercise. If the organization hasn’t thought deeply about values, it may take months for leaders to work through them. Then they must see if the chosen values make sense to the organization’s supporters, clients, and others who care about it.”

Soul searching can be a tedious process, but it’s worth every ounce of effort! And your supporters will notice the difference.

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