Forward thinking nonprofits are engaged in ongoing planning and the larger and more complex the nonprofit is, those conversations must include frank conversations about restructuring, breaking up and focusing on the organization’s core competencies.
Relational philanthropy is gaining momentum and, while it may not be the norm (yet), we need to start adopting a philosophy that is aligned with erasing the power differential between philanthropy and nonprofit organizations.
A nonprofit organization that places little strategic priority on individual gifts and/or has no clear expectations of board is not equivalent to a nonprofit organization that raises the majority of its revenues from board engaged small events. I believe thoughtful and sometimes-hard conversations are a place of discovering your organizations unique voice on fundraising.
Sustainability is more than fundraising and nonprofits need to embrace revenue planning as a more powerful management tool than fundraising planning.
Nonprofit strategic budget and revenue planning is a staged process that includes decisions about capacity, growth and sustainability.