The ‘perfect storm’ for nonprofit organizations in Orange County and beyond
• Decreasing Wealth
• Increasing Need
• Increasing Collapse
• Increasing Competition
How does that translate in the world today?
• Churches, many of which deliver services to the poor and needy, raised $3 billion to $5 billion less than expected in the last quarter of 2008.
• In the past year, United Way saw a 68% increase in the number of calls for basic needs such as food, shelter, and warm clothing.
• The State of Arizona reports an increase of more than 100% in the number of people who sought social services from 2007 to 2008.
What does that mean for tomorrow?
• Some estimate up to 200,000 nonprofits will close within the next 24 months,
• 1 in 3 nonprofits are in financial distress, not because of poor management, but because the sudden onslaught of so many more people in need.
• As many as 20,000 churches may close this year alone!
What do we do now?
“Speech is conveniently located midway between thought and action where it often substitutes for both” – John Andrew Holmes, Wisdom in Small Doses.
We can talk about why the economy collapsed. We can find people, policies, and groups to blame for the position our organizations are in now. That accomplishes nothing and wastes time; time you need to spend on gathering information on where you are now, what you have, what you need, who you can ask, and other actions that move you forward.
• Determine your reality, resources and capacity for risk,
• What are your real numbers? What is your real timeline?
• What resources do you really have?
• What risks are you ready and able to take?
“There are two ways to be fooled: One is to believe what isn’t so, the other is to refuse to believe what is so.” — Soren Kierkegaard
Your organization can survive by doing a serious reality check of where you are, what your strengths and weaknesses are, what you need to fill the gaps and how to move forward effectively. One of the biggest mistakes you can make is to take action without a plan, a strategy to achieve different, better results.
“Never confuse movement with action” – Ernest Hemingway
Before making a move, consider doing or having an assessment done on where your organization stands now. Running down the wrong road wastes time, energy and resources.
Resources – Self Assessment
Nonprofit Organizational Assessment Tool 1
Nonprofit Organizational Assessment Tool 2
Resource – Outside Assessment
Free Fundraising Mastery Readiness Assessment.
(reviewed by experts with over 20 years of experience in the fields of fundraising, leadership, strategic planning and more)
*Please note: I am associated with The EDGE Group