Vehicles for Passion
Studies reveal that non-profits are compassionate and committed service providers but inattentive institution builders. They focus virtually all of their energies and resources in the field, neglecting their own internal capacity. Feelings of powerlessness and apathy can subtlety pervade critical organizational elements such as strategic planning, volunteer recruitment, staffing, training, and management, financing and performance measurement. Diminished capacity and modest outcomes are the end results.
There are many and technical assistance firms already trying to raise the organizational effectiveness of nonprofits, but they are meeting with limited success. By in large, these firms attempt to document and replicate a successful nonprofit’s practices, such as their techniques, materials, procedures, and schedules. They fail, however, to capture the “probable” or “tacit” knowledge embedded in the people that is so essential to a nonprofit’s success—the style, passion, humor, energy, relationships, processes, cultural context, and other intangibles.
The root of organizational effectiveness lies in the ability to powerfully channel the human spirit. Therefore, we support holistic capacity building predicated upon the synergistic interplay of people, media, and access to knowledge.
Capacity building starts with:
- capable individuals committed to learning and change
- networks of colleagues and peers discovering and sharing their knowledge
- talented experts available to provide guidance, assurance, and objective insights
Capacity building grows through:
- forging strategic relationships with other nonprofit and for-profit corporations, governmental bodies, and prominent individuals
- documenting learning tools and best practices
- implementing a comprehensive media strategy
- evaluating organizational effectiveness on a continual basis