Nonprofit leadership is rewarding, but as with leadership in any sector, it is not without its challenges and even pitfalls. When I started in nonprofit and faith-based leadership over twenty years ago, I wish someone had warned me of some of the hurdles and obstacles I might face along the way. Many nonprofit challenges are persistent in any decade or year, and here are ten that every leader should be aware of in the year ahead. What are the top ten challenges facing nonprofit leaders?
Nonprofit leaders across the Lone Star State are doing incredible things, and will continue to make a great impact in their communities. Many nonprofits focus on a singular and narrow mission, and that’s a good thing! Moving forward, many leaders may want to find where the work of different organizations intersects and overlaps with the work of their own organization.
Compassion fatigue is a condition that occurs when a person becomes emotionally and physically exhausted as a result of constantly caring for others who are suffering or in need. This can be particularly common in professions such as healthcare, social work, human services, counseling, ministry, and emergency response, where individuals are frequently exposed to trauma and stress.
Business leaders too often struggle to implement positive change in their companies and teams, meeting resistance at every level. Changing processes and systems can be much easier when the team buys into the shifts being made, and inter-generational workplace dynamics, as well as living in an increasingly polarized culture potentially make any systemic changes fraught with anxiety and even controversy.
Nonprofit fundraising is essential to support the organization’s mission and achieve its goals. Here are some best tips for nonprofit fundraising: Develop a fundraising plan: Start by creating a comprehensive fundraising plan that outlines specific goals, strategies, and tactics for raising funds. This plan should be based on a thorough understanding of your organization’s needs, …
In my years of nonprofit and faith based leadership, I have had the opportunity to join and also build coalitions of like minded people and organizations, to move towards a shared goal and achieve positive community impacts. Building strong coalitions is key to making progress on a number of human social need and community development issues.