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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.

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    Working in a Nonprofit Working in a Nonprofit Presentation Transcript

    • Working in a Nonprofit Presented by: Alexandra Lee 10.18.2010
    • Agenda
      • 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
    • How long have you served?
    • 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?
    • Nonprofit Myth #1
      • It’s a lot easier to run a nonprofit than a regular business
    • Nonprofit Myth #2
      • Nonprofits are inefficient and wasteful
    • Nonprofit Myth #3
      • Nonprofits would be more effective if they/we operated more like commercial businesses
    • Nonprofit Myth #4
      • Nonprofits are warm and fuzzy places… no one gets fired
    • Nonprofit Myth #5
      • A nonprofit isn’t a career; it’s a job for housewives and young people
    • Nonprofits: 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.
    • Nonprofits: 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
    • Nonprofits: The Basics
      • The Mission Statement
      • Core purpose & work
    • Nonprofits: The Basics
      • “ We’re not for profit, but we are certainly not for loss.”
      • - Francis Hesselbein
    • Scope 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
    • Nonprofit Roles Board of Directors Nominating CMTE Executive Director/CEO Development CMTE Finance CMTE Program Development Finance Operations Marketing Clients
    • The Nonprofit Board of Directors
      • Represent public interest
      • Volunteer
      • Donate
      • Garner support
      • Advise
    • Job Roles
      • Program Staff – Direct Service
      • In-direct Service
        • Fund development
        • Volunteer coordination
        • Communications
      • Jack of All Trades – ‘Other’
    • Nonprofit Life Cycles
      • Grass Roots – Invention
      • ?: Is this dream feasible?
    • Nonprofit Life Cycles Start-up - Incubation ?: How do we get this thing started?
    • Nonprofit Life Cycles
      • Adolescent – Growing
      • ?: How can we ensure sustainability?
    • Nonprofit Life Cycles
      • Mature- Sustainability
      • ?: How can we ensure sustainability?
    • Nonprofit Life Cycles
      • Stagnation & Renewal
      • ?: How, if any, can we renew?
    • Nonprofit Life Cycles
      • Decline &
      • Shut-Down
      • ?: Should we close?
    • Where is the organization you are serving for in its life cycle?
    • Principles & Practices for Nonprofit Excellence
      • Provided by Colorado Nonprofit Association
      • Legal Accountability
      • Governance
      • Planning
      • Transparency & Accountability
      • Fundraising
      • Financial Management
      • Human Resources
      • Evaluation
      • Civic Engagement & Public Policy
      • Strategic Alliances
    • Governance
      • Composition
      • Board terms
      • Staff – Board relationship
      • Frequency/attendance at board meetings
      • Committees
      • Executive review/hiring
    • Planning
      • SWOT Analysis
      • SMART Goals
    • Fundraising
      • Dues, fees and charges – 50%
      • Government – 29.4%
      • Charitable contributions – 12.3%
        • Foundations
        • Individual Donors
        • Corporate funding
    • Evaluation
      • Feedback from constituents
      • Feedback from clients
      • Improvement of services
    • Strategic Alliances
      • Chapters/Affiliates
      • Similar/Complementary organizations
      • Cooperation vs. Competition
      • Public/Private/Nonprofit partnerships
      • Assisting other nonprofits
    • Colorado’s Nonprofit Sector
      • 3 rd largest sector in state for employment
      • $13.1 billion in revenues
      • $11.9 billion in expenditures, $4.2 billion in wages and compensation
    • The Colorado Paradox
      • Charitable giving: $3.8 billion
      • Avg. Adjusted Gross Income: $61,327
      • - 5 th in country
      • Avg. percent of income gift to charity: 3.1% - 38 th in country
      • Coloradans earn 7% more than average America, but give 9% less to charity
    • Why does the Colorado Paradox exist? What can we do about it?
    • Stepping Up or Stepping Out
      • Report by:
      • Young Nonprofit Professionals Network
    • 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?
    • Barriers to Taking on Executive Director Role
      • Lack of leadership track
      • Perception of ED position
      • What do you see as barriers?
    • Questions? Comments?
    • Resources
      • 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
      • Contact Information:
      • Alexandra Lee
      • Outreach Coordinator
      • Mile High Youth Corps
      • [email_address]