Helping Nonprofits Do the Whole Job

As we move past the Thanksgiving celebration and into the holiday season, I’m thinking about how I can support nonprofits through the end of 2023 and into the new year.
I try to take a humble approach to giving. No matter the size or type of contribution, trusting a nonprofit’s leadership and contributing unrestricted dollars to support their entire mission is a sign of respect. While an organization’s budget will have line items for people or for infrastructure that are separate from program costs, they can’t operate unless they are able to do “the whole job.”
I’ve been deeply engaged in philanthropy for more than two decades. Friends and colleagues often ask me how I assess the effectiveness of the nonprofits that I support. I share with them that I have the highest regard for organizations that have:
  • Strong leadership, with a bold vision and a solid plan for implementation.
  • A clear mission that spells out what the organization seeks to accomplish and why it’s important.
  • An ability to implement their plans and programs.
  • Transparency regarding finances, governance, program evaluation, outcomes, and impact.
  • Robust partnerships with donors, volunteers, other nonprofits, businesses, and government.

As we move toward the last month of the year, nonprofits and their donors can become a team when they think of doing “the whole job” together.

Click here to read my chapter “The Whole Job” from Applied Wisdom for the Nonprofit Sector.

  • Are you helping nonprofits to do “the whole job”?
  • How do you select the nonprofits that you get involved with?
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