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Working in a Nonprofit
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This presentation was used for the Colorado State Service Conference in October 2010 to explain the basics of working in a nonprofit organization.

This presentation was used for the Colorado State Service Conference in October 2010 to explain the basics of working in a nonprofit organization.

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  • 1. Working in a NonprofitWorking in a Nonprofit Presented by: Alexandra Lee 10.18.2010
  • 2. AgendaAgenda • Introductions • Nonprofit Myths • Nonprofits: The Basics • Nonprofit Job Roles • Nonprofit Life Cycles • Principles & Practices for Nonprofit Excellence • State of Colorado’s Nonprofit Sector • Stepping Up or Stepping Out
  • 3. How long have you served?
  • 4. Pair & Share: Myths • What is one commonly held belief of working in a nonprofit that is true? • What is one commonly held belief of working in a nonprofit that is a myth (not true?
  • 5. Nonprofit Myth #1Nonprofit Myth #1 • It’s a lot easier to run a nonprofit than a regular business
  • 6. Nonprofit Myth #2Nonprofit Myth #2 • Nonprofits are inefficient and wasteful
  • 7. Nonprofit Myth #3Nonprofit Myth #3 • Nonprofits would be more effective if they/we operated more like commercial businesses
  • 8. Nonprofit Myth #4Nonprofit Myth #4 • Nonprofits are warm and fuzzy places… no one gets fired
  • 9. Nonprofit Myth #5Nonprofit Myth #5 • A nonprofit isn’t a career; it’s a job for housewives and young people
  • 10. Nonprofits: The BasicsNonprofits: The Basics • Definition: A non- profit organization is an organization that does not distribute its surplus funds to owners or shareholders, but instead uses them to help pursue its goals.
  • 11. Nonprofits: The BasicsNonprofits: The Basics 501(c)3 designation = MOST • No corporate income tax • Can accept donations that are tex- deductible • Are eligible for foundation/government grants • Are eligible for nonprofit bulk mail • Are eligible for state and county tax benefits
  • 12. Nonprofits: The BasicsNonprofits: The Basics The Mission Statement Core purpose & work
  • 13. Nonprofits: The BasicsNonprofits: The Basics “We’re not for profit, but we are certainly not for loss.” - Francis Hesselbein
  • 14. Scope of the Nonprofit SectorScope of the Nonprofit Sector • 1.5 million nonprofits • 8 major categories: – Arts, culture, humanities – Education & Research – Environmental and Animals – Health Services – Human Services – International and foreign affairs – Public and societal benefit – Religion
  • 15. Nonprofit RolesNonprofit Roles Board of Directors Nominating CMTE Executive Director/CEO Development CMTE Finance CMTE Program Development Finance Operations Marketing Clients
  • 16. The Nonprofit Board of DirectorsThe Nonprofit Board of Directors • Represent public interest • Volunteer • Donate • Garner support • Advise
  • 17. Job RolesJob Roles 1.Program Staff – Direct Service 2.In-direct Service • Fund development • Volunteer coordination • Communications 3.Jack of All Trades – ‘Other’
  • 18. Nonprofit Life CyclesNonprofit Life Cycles Grass Roots – Invention ?: Is this dream feasible?
  • 19. Nonprofit Life CyclesNonprofit Life Cycles Start-up - Incubation ?: How do we get this thing started?
  • 20. Nonprofit Life CyclesNonprofit Life Cycles Adolescent – Growing ?: How can we ensure sustainability?
  • 21. Nonprofit Life CyclesNonprofit Life Cycles Mature- Sustainability ?: How can we ensure sustainability?
  • 22. Nonprofit Life CyclesNonprofit Life Cycles Stagnation & Renewal ?: How, if any, can we renew?
  • 23. Nonprofit Life CyclesNonprofit Life Cycles Decline & Shut-Down ?: Should we close?
  • 24. Where is the organization you are serving for in its life cycle?
  • 25. Principles & Practices for Nonprofit Excellence Provided by Colorado Nonprofit Association 1. Legal Accountability 2. Governance 3. Planning 4. Transparency & Accountability 5. Fundraising 6. Financial Management 7. Human Resources 8. Evaluation 9. Civic Engagement & Public Policy 10.Strategic Alliances
  • 26. Governance • Composition • Board terms • Staff – Board relationship • Frequency/attendance at board meetings • Committees • Executive review/hiring
  • 27. PlanningPlanning • SWOT Analysis • SMART Goals
  • 28. FundraisingFundraising • Dues, fees and charges – 50% • Government – 29.4% • Charitable contributions – 12.3% – Foundations – Individual Donors – Corporate funding
  • 29. EvaluationEvaluation • Feedback from constituents • Feedback from clients • Improvement of services
  • 30. Strategic Alliances • Chapters/Affiliates • Similar/Complementary organizations • Cooperation vs. Competition • Public/Private/Nonprofit partnerships • Assisting other nonprofits
  • 31. Colorado’s Nonprofit Sector • 3rd largest sector in state for employment • $13.1 billion in revenues • $11.9 billion in expenditures, $4.2 billion in wages and compensation
  • 32. The Colorado Paradox • Charitable giving: $3.8 billion • Avg. Adjusted Gross Income: $61,327 - 5th in country • Avg. percent of income gift to charity: 3.1% - 38th in country • Coloradans earn 7% more than average America, but give 9% less to charity
  • 33. Why does the Colorado Paradox exist? What can we do about it?
  • 34. Stepping Up or Stepping Out Report by: Young Nonprofit Professionals Network
  • 35. Sector Switchers • Why they are leaving • Where they are going • Where do you want to see yourself in 3-5 years? How about in 15?
  • 36. Barriers to Taking on Executive Director Role • Lack of leadership track • Perception of ED position • What do you see as barriers?
  • 37. Questions? Comments?Questions? Comments?
  • 38. ResourcesResources • blueavocado.org • The Independent Sector • Colorado Nonprofit Association • Young Nonprofit Professionals Network • The 5 Life Stages of Nonprofits, Judith Sharken Simon • BoardSource • Community Resource Center • Flickr.com
  • 39. Contact Information: Alexandra Lee Outreach Coordinator Mile High Youth Corps alexandral@mhyc.net

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