February 26, 2018

Our friends at Sage Intacct have released a new whitepaper called “Outcome Metrics: Measuring What Matters in the Nonprofit World” and we are happy to share it with you. Below is a sneak peek; you  can click HERE to get the complete whitepaper

“Amid increasing demand for transparency and accountability, today’s nonprofits are seeking ways to both produce and to demonstrate successful outcomes. Heightened expectations and heightened scrutiny come from several sources—including ever more-engaged funders looking for financial management techniques and principles employed by for-profit businesses.

To meet this demand, nonprofit organizations are embracing outcome metrics to measure and report their performance. Outcome metrics not only show funders and constituents how the organization is performing; they also help pave the way for sustainable growth and greater efficiency. This white paper describes how nonprofits can effectively leverage outcome metrics to boost their success.

The importance of outcome measures can be seen from a variety of perspectives and functions within the nonprofit organization.

These include:

Funding—In a competitive environment, the ability to define, measure, monitor, and report the metrics that define success can encourage new and additional funding from donors, foundations, and other benefactors. For instance, demonstrating achievement of key milestones can unlock multi-year grants.

Accountability—Funders are increasingly tying their support to stringent accountability. They want to see where their monies are going and the results that are achieved–whether it’s organizational growth and new locations or more nonprofit partnerships and matching funds. Nonprofits must provide exceptional transparency into the organization’s outcome metrics, controls, and reporting.

Stewardship—From development and accounting to operations and programming, the ability to define, track, and report outcome measures–showing where you are and where you want to go—will help ensure good stewardship. This, in turn, will boost donor confidence and strengthen your credibility—which supports your growth and your ability to pursue your mission.”

(excerpt from the whitepaper)

Click HERE to get the whitepaper

 

February 17, 2018

Measuring What Matters [Whitepaper]

Our friends at Sage Intacct have released a new whitepaper called “Outcome Metrics: Measuring What Matters in the Nonprofit World” and we are happy to share it with you. Below is a sneak peek; you  can click HERE to get the complete whitepaper “Amid increasing demand for transparency and accountability, today’s nonprofits are seeking ways to both produce and to demonstrate successful outcomes. Heightened expectations and heightened scrutiny come from several sources—including ever more-engaged funders looking […]
February 17, 2018

Champions of Diversity: Why Realistic Inclusion Initiatives are Vital in Nonprofits

To borrow a quote from columnist and nonprofit leader Anika Rahman, “Non-profits are our conscience.” As science comes to support what we already knew, that diversity begets innovation and creativity, many nonprofit organizations find themselves in a bind when it comes to implementing and maintaining consistent, effective diversity, inclusion, and equity (DI&E) initiatives. Let’s skip the entire lesson on the differences between these three processes and jump straight to the point of inclusion, which is […]
January 30, 2018

Purpose, Incorporated [Book Review]

John Wood proclaims cause and capitalism are not mutually exclusive concepts in his latest book, Purpose, Incorporated, Turning Cause Into Your Competitive Advantage. A pioneer in philanthropy who helped define the term social entrepreneur, John Wood demonstrates how to infuse purpose into your company, your career, and your life. John challenges Milton Friedman’s edict that profit reigns supreme. In today’s marketplace competing for top millennial talent, the philanthropic fabric of a company’s culture matters. The […]
January 23, 2018

How Simulating Vision Loss Helped Donors Connect to Our Cause

When you’re so absorbed by an issue every single day, it’s easy to forget that many people (even donors) may not completely understand the issue that you’re trying to solve. Our donors know that loss of vision makes life incredibly difficult for those who are living in the countries we work in – but many people think that ‘blindness’ means the complete loss of vision with no remaining perception of light (a life of darkness). […]