Framework & Key Questions to Ask
By: Steve Zimmerman
Nonprofits across all mission areas and budget sizes have been forced to respond to the pandemic rapidly while holding true to their values. With the future still uncertain the question remains: How do we adapt to this new world?
Crisis management may be ongoing, but leaders cannot focus only on short-term operations. Rather, they must balance the short-term with planning for the future.
Some will view this crisis as an opportunity to reimagine their nonprofit organizations and to make the necessary – yet oftentimes difficult – decisions to strengthen long-term sustainability while learning from implementation. Along the way, these leaders will promote inclusion and engagement of constituents, staff, and board, ensuring that all voices are heard through the recovery.
Reimagining your nonprofit organization involves three core aspects—impact, people and finances—all interconnected and influenced by a fourth: the needs and resources of the community.
While we will explore each of these components in greater depth in subsequent pieces, consider asking the following questions to guide strategic conversation and to take action now in your organization:
What do we need our business model to look like going forward?
What action steps can we take to move toward our new model?