The goal of any nonprofit is to make an impact in the community you’re looking to serve. To do this, it’s important your nonprofit remain sustainable, or able to withstand obstacles in order to continue to fulfill your mission.

How can you plan for obstacles and succeed in maintaining a strong nonprofit? Here are some key factors in scoping the longevity of your project.

Goals: Setting goals is an imperative step for any organization, but for nonprofits, setting goals along a timeline is essential. Knowing what goals you need to reach when will help you understand the steps that need to be taken to ensure your nonprofit will stand the test of time. The foundation of your goals lies within the values of your organization and your success should be measured against these values. The goals of your nonprofit should not only focus on finances, but rather they should also prioritize the meaning of your work. This will attract the right kind of donors and lead to long-term success.

Money: Managing funds and preparing for costs is a pressing matter. However, it is just as important to be intentional about understanding the sustainability value associated with the donations you are soliciting. The best way to gain life-long partners is to seek local companies and individuals who share the heart of your nonprofit. If the goals your organization wants to reach aligns with the passion of your donors, the relationship will naturally build from there.

Relationships: Establishing beneficial and long-term relationships is paramount to the public’s interaction with your nonprofit. The audience you associate with has a great impact on your overall sustainability. Doing research about companies, organizations, or clubs that align with your mission statement can help you build up knowledge in the community with like-minded individuals and associations. Building these strong relationships through mutual benefits can increase the community outreach efforts of your organization in the long run.

The Bottom Line:

A sustainable nonprofit is organized with its vision. Your organization’s strategies and goals should coincide with the standards it holds itself to. Ask yourself who or what your nonprofit benefits and who or what shares those values. Your success will continue if you are mindful of creating and maintaining relationships to strengthen the impact of your nonprofit.

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