THE NONPROFIT EFFECTIVENESS FRAMEWORK

 

Every nonprofit is (and should be) different from its peers in a host of ways. However, nonprofits also need a basic framework around which to live out their mission. These six elements are critical to all nonprofits, regardless of mission or scope.

 
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SIX ELEMENTS OF EFFECTIVENESS

 

Clarity of Purpose

How an organization defines and aligns its work and impact through:

  • Mission and vision
  • Program mix
  • Theory of change
  • Strategy and analysis
 
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Sustainable Business Model

How an organization develops resources and positions itself for success through:

  • Value proposition
  • Culture of philanthropy
  • Business planning
  • Financing and earned income
 
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The Right Leadership

How staff and board leaders steer and steward organizational efforts, such as:

  • Leadership structure
  • Succession planning
  • Governance
  • Management and supervision
 
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Smart Operations

How an organization manages and marshals organizational resources, including:

  • Human capital
  • Resources
  • Core values and culture
  • Brand
 
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Implementation
and Improvement

How an organization uses information to adapt, innovate and improve through:

  • Experimentation and innovation
  • Learning culture
  • Performance management
 
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Strategic
Collaborations

How an organization leverages the community for greater impact through:

  • Community partnerships
  • Stakeholder engagement
  • System-level change
 
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