5 New Year’s Resolutions for Your Nonprofit

Setting resolutions for your nonprofit but need help knowing where to start? Feeling overwhelmed because there are many things you would like to accomplish in the next 12 months? This blog aims to help you get out of your way and start writing down your resolutions! When setting these resolutions, keep in mind the following:

  1. Keep your resolutions simple – this is different from your grant application or your organization’s strategic plan – don’t overthink it. (But making it S.M.A.R.T. Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-Bound helps but is not required here)
  2. Avoid setting past failures as your goal; instead, repeat your successes or set new goals – If sending out newsletters every month results in many unsubscribers, STOP! Take a look at your analytics to determine whether reducing the number of newsletters sent out and ensuring the content is relevant to your subscribers for your organization would be beneficial. 
  3. Set your resolutions how you want to – It’s your choice to add them to your notes on your phone, create a vision board with it on canva, or write on the board in your office. I am definitely big on having a structured process in place but for this, have fun! Make it yours 🙂 But make sure you set some time to revisit it and see how you are doing. 

Now to the fun part, can’t think of any Nonprofit New Years’ Resolution, here is a list to help you get started:

  1. Use your systems more effectively – I must admit writing this one speaks to me so much! When I started my nonprofit over 10 years ago, texting, e-mail, and Facebook groups were our primary means of communication. Some fantastic new tools, such as slack, google chat, and zoom, came along and got added to the mix. But some systems never got taken away. Could you imagine getting messages in all of these in one day? What are some ways you can use your methods more efficiently? 
  2. Diversify your funding – No more relying on one or two funding sources. (P.S. no more self-funding)
  3. Grow your personal network – Did you know no matter your role in your nonprofit, as you grow professionally, so does your nonprofit. One way to do this is through spending some time “friend-raising.”
  4. Set boundaries – What we do is so meaningful that it can be hard to “turn off.”You will burn out if you don’t protect your energy levels. How can you serve your community if you are not being serviced? SELF-CARE is key!
  5. Phone your friends at Nonprofit Enthusiast – Some resolutions have been on your list for years, so it is time to put them into action. The good news is you don’t have to do it alone. Did you know outsourcing has many benefits: increased efficiency, access to more skills and resources, accelerated organizational growth, lower ongoing investment in internal infrastructure, and so much more. So let’s check this off your list; schedule your consultation here: https://nonprofitenthusiast.com/social-tree/.

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