Tues oct 23 am sector sustainability rob howarth english
Sector Sustainability: Growth,Mergers, Partnership and thePursuit of ExcellenceComments by Rob HowarthOctober 23, 2012OCASI Executive Directors Forum
Organizational growth Growth is about continual change, engagement with environment, learning and reflection. Organizations can grow in their understanding, expertise, relationships, and in their capacity to act. But what about their growth in size?
Popular assumptions too many nonprofits the language (and reality?) of scarcity consolidation can deliver greater impact
What’s efficient? “Efficiency in general describes the extent to which time or effort is well used for the intended task or purpose” – Wikipedia Do we have evidence that larger systems are always more efficient? Is there a lot of excess effort (“waste”) in our organizations?
The need for evidence Is there an optimum scale for community organizations? We need to know when mergers work well, and work poorly. And we need criteria to judge this.
Case studies Is the City of Toronto merger (the "megacity") working? Is Toronto too big, too small, just right? How should we assess this?
If it’s about service impact… Client-centred services require good relationships As well as communication across and within organizations What organizational forms are best to achieve this (networks, integrated services, collaborations, mergers)?
Many roles for our organizations Resident engagement Local control and democratic process Stewarding community assets Service delivery Local problem solving and innovation
Fewer roles now? Previously relied on government funding to support many community-led objectives. Now government focus is on delivering large service contracts. How can we sustain diverse organizations and activities?
Is there an alternative? Can individual organizations decide not to grow in size? Can we support a diverse "ecology" of community organizations? What is the financial model going forward to sustain this vision?
Our best alternatives will be generatedtogether