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THE TREE OF LIFE 
How to plan for financial 
sustainability in your NGO
Just like a precious tree, 
we have to take good 
care of our NGO if we 
want it to thrive and bear 
fruit this year – and...
A tree needs a 
regular supply of 
water, light and 
nutrients.
Strong 
stakeholders 
In the same way, 
organisations need a reliable 
and varied supply of funds and 
support. 
Both need...
Strong 
stakeholders 
Unrestricted 
funds 
Mixed 
basket of 
income 
Reserves 
And just as a tree needs strong 
and health...
Strong 
stakeholders 
Unrestricted 
funds 
Mixed 
basket of 
income 
A tree also needs a 
strong and healthy 
trunk to sup...
Strong 
stakeholders 
Unrestricted 
funds 
Mixed 
basket of 
income 
Financing Strategy 
A tree also needs a 
strong and h...
A financing strategy 
includes setting key 
financial targets and 
policies for income 
generation, building 
Reserves 
re...
A financing strategy 
includes setting key 
financial targets and 
policies for income 
generation, building 
Reserves 
re...
Strong 
stakeholders 
Unrestricted 
funds 
Mixed 
basket of 
income 
Financing Strategy 
Reserves 
We must also be aware o...
Reserves 
Strong 
stakeholders 
Unrestricted 
funds 
Mixed 
basket of 
income 
For our NGO, the bugs and poison 
are thing...
Reserves 
Strong 
stakeholders 
Unrestricted 
funds 
Mixed 
basket of 
income 
Funds dry up 
These MUST be 
managed, not l...
Reserves 
Strong 
stakeholders 
Unrestricted 
funds 
Mixed 
basket of 
income 
Funds dry up 
Bribery & 
corruption 
Bad pu...
Find out more about 
planning for financial 
sustainability on 
Mango’s FREE online 
Guide to financial 
management for NG...
Want to learn more? 
Join us on our Planning for 
financial sustainability (ST1) 
course. 
Now available as an 
eWorkshop!...
www.mango.org.uk 
Helping NGOs do money 
with their money
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Planning for financial sustainability in NGOs - The Tree of Life

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Mango training's overview of financial sustainability for NGOs. It uses the metaphor of nurturing a precious tree and provides a quick picture of what NGOs need to do to create a financially sustainable organisation.

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Planning for financial sustainability in NGOs - The Tree of Life

  1. 1. THE TREE OF LIFE How to plan for financial sustainability in your NGO
  2. 2. Just like a precious tree, we have to take good care of our NGO if we want it to thrive and bear fruit this year – and beyond.
  3. 3. A tree needs a regular supply of water, light and nutrients.
  4. 4. Strong stakeholders In the same way, organisations need a reliable and varied supply of funds and support. Both need to draw on reserves during dry spells. Unrestricted funds Mixed basket of income Reserves
  5. 5. Strong stakeholders Unrestricted funds Mixed basket of income Reserves And just as a tree needs strong and healthy roots to sustain its growth and development, an NGO must have strong foundations of financial management - systems and skills. Strong financial management
  6. 6. Strong stakeholders Unrestricted funds Mixed basket of income A tree also needs a strong and healthy trunk to support its branches and fruit. Just as your NGO needs a clear strategy to support its financial goals. Reserves Strong financial management
  7. 7. Strong stakeholders Unrestricted funds Mixed basket of income Financing Strategy A tree also needs a strong and healthy trunk to support its branches and fruit. Just as your NGO needs a clear strategy to support its financial goals. A financing strategy is a planning process which identifies how you plan to achieve financial continuity and security, now and in Strong financial management the future. Reserves
  8. 8. A financing strategy includes setting key financial targets and policies for income generation, building Reserves reserves and covering Strong stakeholders Unrestricted funds Mixed basket of income Strong financial management core costs. Financing Strategy
  9. 9. A financing strategy includes setting key financial targets and policies for income generation, building Reserves reserves and covering Strong stakeholders Unrestricted funds Mixed basket of income Strong financial management core costs. Financing Strategy
  10. 10. Strong stakeholders Unrestricted funds Mixed basket of income Financing Strategy Reserves We must also be aware of any internal or external RISKS that could threaten our valuable resources. Strong financial management
  11. 11. Reserves Strong stakeholders Unrestricted funds Mixed basket of income For our NGO, the bugs and poison are things like risks of fraud, theft, bribery, loss of credibility, loss of funding or inflation. Funds dry up Bribery & corruption Bad publicity Financing Strategy Inflation Theft Strong financial management
  12. 12. Reserves Strong stakeholders Unrestricted funds Mixed basket of income Funds dry up These MUST be managed, not left to Bribery & corruption Bad publicity Financing Strategy Inflation Theft Strong financial management chance!
  13. 13. Reserves Strong stakeholders Unrestricted funds Mixed basket of income Funds dry up Bribery & corruption Bad publicity Financing Strategy Strong financial management This is the ‘Tree of Life’ – use it to plan your NGO’s long and fruitful future! Inflation Theft
  14. 14. Find out more about planning for financial sustainability on Mango’s FREE online Guide to financial management for NGOs
  15. 15. Want to learn more? Join us on our Planning for financial sustainability (ST1) course. Now available as an eWorkshop! Find out more here
  16. 16. www.mango.org.uk Helping NGOs do money with their money

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