Working in a NonprofitWorking in a Nonprofit
Presented by:
Alexandra Lee
10.18.2010
AgendaAgenda
• Introductions
• Nonprofit Myths
• Nonprofits: The Basics
• Nonprofit Job Roles
• Nonprofit Life Cycles
• Pr...
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...
Nonprofit Myth #1Nonprofit Myth #1
• It’s a lot easier to run a nonprofit than a
regular business
Nonprofit Myth #2Nonprofit Myth #2
• Nonprofits are inefficient and wasteful
Nonprofit Myth #3Nonprofit Myth #3
• Nonprofits would be more effective if
they/we operated more like commercial
businesses
Nonprofit Myth #4Nonprofit Myth #4
• Nonprofits are
warm and fuzzy
places… no one
gets fired
Nonprofit Myth #5Nonprofit Myth #5
• A nonprofit isn’t a
career; it’s a job for
housewives and
young people
Nonprofits: The BasicsNonprofits: The Basics
• Definition: A non-
profit organization
is an organization
that does not
dis...
Nonprofits: The BasicsNonprofits: The Basics
501(c)3 designation = MOST
• No corporate income tax
• Can accept donations t...
Nonprofits: The BasicsNonprofits: The Basics
The Mission Statement
Core purpose & work
Nonprofits: The BasicsNonprofits: The Basics
“We’re not for
profit, but we
are certainly
not for loss.”
- Francis
Hesselbe...
Scope of the Nonprofit SectorScope of the Nonprofit Sector
• 1.5 million nonprofits
• 8 major categories:
– Arts, culture,...
Nonprofit RolesNonprofit Roles
Board of Directors
Nominating CMTE
Executive Director/CEO
Development CMTE Finance CMTE
Pro...
The Nonprofit Board of DirectorsThe Nonprofit Board of Directors
• Represent public interest
• Volunteer
• Donate
• Garner...
Job RolesJob Roles
1.Program Staff – Direct Service
2.In-direct Service
• Fund development
• Volunteer coordination
• Comm...
Nonprofit Life CyclesNonprofit Life Cycles
Grass
Roots –
Invention
?: Is this
dream
feasible?
Nonprofit Life CyclesNonprofit Life Cycles
Start-up - Incubation
?: How do we get this thing started?
Nonprofit Life CyclesNonprofit Life Cycles
Adolescent –
Growing
?: How can we
ensure
sustainability?
Nonprofit Life CyclesNonprofit Life Cycles
Mature- Sustainability
?: How can we ensure
sustainability?
Nonprofit Life CyclesNonprofit Life Cycles
Stagnation
&
Renewal
?: How, if
any, can
we
renew?
Nonprofit Life CyclesNonprofit 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
1. Legal Accountability
2. Gove...
Governance
• Composition
• Board terms
• Staff – Board relationship
• Frequency/attendance at board meetings
• Committees
...
PlanningPlanning
• SWOT Analysis
• SMART Goals
FundraisingFundraising
• Dues, fees and
charges – 50%
• Government –
29.4%
• Charitable
contributions –
12.3%
– Foundation...
EvaluationEvaluation
• Feedback from
constituents
• Feedback from
clients
• Improvement of
services
Strategic Alliances
• Chapters/Affiliates
• Similar/Complementary organizations
• Cooperation vs. Competition
• Public/Pri...
Colorado’s Nonprofit Sector
• 3rd
largest sector in
state for
employment
• $13.1 billion in
revenues
• $11.9 billion in
ex...
The Colorado Paradox
• Charitable giving: $3.8 billion
• Avg. Adjusted Gross Income: $61,327
- 5th
in country
• Avg. perce...
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...
Barriers to Taking on Executive
Director Role
• Lack of
leadership track
• Perception of ED
position
• What do you see
as ...
Questions? Comments?Questions? Comments?
ResourcesResources
• blueavocado.org
• The Independent Sector
• Colorado Nonprofit Association
• Young Nonprofit Professio...
Contact Information:
Alexandra Lee
Outreach Coordinator
Mile High Youth Corps
alexandral@mhyc.net
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  1. 1. Working in a NonprofitWorking in a Nonprofit Presented by: Alexandra Lee 10.18.2010
  2. 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. 3. How long have you served?
  4. 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. 5. Nonprofit Myth #1Nonprofit Myth #1 • It’s a lot easier to run a nonprofit than a regular business
  6. 6. Nonprofit Myth #2Nonprofit Myth #2 • Nonprofits are inefficient and wasteful
  7. 7. Nonprofit Myth #3Nonprofit Myth #3 • Nonprofits would be more effective if they/we operated more like commercial businesses
  8. 8. Nonprofit Myth #4Nonprofit Myth #4 • Nonprofits are warm and fuzzy places… no one gets fired
  9. 9. Nonprofit Myth #5Nonprofit Myth #5 • A nonprofit isn’t a career; it’s a job for housewives and young people
  10. 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. 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. 12. Nonprofits: The BasicsNonprofits: The Basics The Mission Statement Core purpose & work
  13. 13. Nonprofits: The BasicsNonprofits: The Basics “We’re not for profit, but we are certainly not for loss.” - Francis Hesselbein
  14. 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. 15. Nonprofit RolesNonprofit Roles Board of Directors Nominating CMTE Executive Director/CEO Development CMTE Finance CMTE Program Development Finance Operations Marketing Clients
  16. 16. The Nonprofit Board of DirectorsThe Nonprofit Board of Directors • Represent public interest • Volunteer • Donate • Garner support • Advise
  17. 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. 18. Nonprofit Life CyclesNonprofit Life Cycles Grass Roots – Invention ?: Is this dream feasible?
  19. 19. Nonprofit Life CyclesNonprofit Life Cycles Start-up - Incubation ?: How do we get this thing started?
  20. 20. Nonprofit Life CyclesNonprofit Life Cycles Adolescent – Growing ?: How can we ensure sustainability?
  21. 21. Nonprofit Life CyclesNonprofit Life Cycles Mature- Sustainability ?: How can we ensure sustainability?
  22. 22. Nonprofit Life CyclesNonprofit Life Cycles Stagnation & Renewal ?: How, if any, can we renew?
  23. 23. Nonprofit Life CyclesNonprofit Life Cycles Decline & Shut-Down ?: Should we close?
  24. 24. Where is the organization you are serving for in its life cycle?
  25. 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. 26. Governance • Composition • Board terms • Staff – Board relationship • Frequency/attendance at board meetings • Committees • Executive review/hiring
  27. 27. PlanningPlanning • SWOT Analysis • SMART Goals
  28. 28. FundraisingFundraising • Dues, fees and charges – 50% • Government – 29.4% • Charitable contributions – 12.3% – Foundations – Individual Donors – Corporate funding
  29. 29. EvaluationEvaluation • Feedback from constituents • Feedback from clients • Improvement of services
  30. 30. Strategic Alliances • Chapters/Affiliates • Similar/Complementary organizations • Cooperation vs. Competition • Public/Private/Nonprofit partnerships • Assisting other nonprofits
  31. 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. 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. 33. Why does the Colorado Paradox exist? What can we do about it?
  34. 34. Stepping Up or Stepping Out Report by: Young Nonprofit Professionals Network
  35. 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. 36. Barriers to Taking on Executive Director Role • Lack of leadership track • Perception of ED position • What do you see as barriers?
  37. 37. Questions? Comments?Questions? Comments?
  38. 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. 39. Contact Information: Alexandra Lee Outreach Coordinator Mile High Youth Corps alexandral@mhyc.net

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