Hello again, this is Russell Dennis, your non-profit possibility engineer and we’re here to talk about step one of building you high-performance nonprofit organization.

4 Steps to Building a High Performance Nonprofit

Our first step is defining your foundations. What are those foundational pieces that will turn your nonprofit into a high performance nonprofit?

Well, the very first step, most important piece, is you. We start with you and what’s important to you and the core values that you have that drive everything that you do. You are the best asset that you have, and everything starts with you. Defining those core values should be the center of everything that you do because the most important piece is why you are doing what you are doing. It’s the thing that drives you when you run into challenges. It’s the thing that makes you continue to look for answers and ways to get things done better, because there’s no other possibility but to succeed, and it’s the thing that drives you to find a way. Why you do what you do is most important.

Next, what is it that you do and who do you serve? These are important things to figure out as you go along with your non-profit. Who are the people that are benefiting most from your services? What do they look like, what do they need? How can you do this in a way that nobody else can? So who you serve and what you’re offering them.

There are some other pieces, including your strengths, your gaps, and opportunities. Gaps can include weaknesses, but more often they include things that you could do but are not excellent at. What you want to do is work only from your strengths. As far as gaps are concerned, you want to find ways to outsource them or collaborate with other people to get them done.

Opportunities are things that you may have overlooked. Where can we improve? What are some things that other people are not doing? These are your foundational pieces that go into making up a non-profit. And in my course, Four Steps to Building a High Performance Non-profit, we’ve got tools and a series of steps to make sure that you don’t skimp on this process. It requires a little thought, introspection, but more importantly, it’s about who you are and these tools are there to use for your team, your core team. People who are involved in founding the non-profit with you. Your key leaders, boards members, all of these people.

So defining your foundations is that very first piece of what has to take place.

In the next video of my high-performance nonprofit blog series, I’ll talk to you about creating effective action plans.

This is the juice, once you’ve decided why you’re doing what you’re doing. You want to find out ways to do it and break things down in a way that won’t overwhelm you. So I look forward to seeing you on the next video for steps to building a high performance non-profit. This is Russ Dennis, your possibility engineer, signing off for now.
4 Steps to Building a High Performance Nonprofit

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