Financial Strategy and Business Models

Information on nonprofit business model definitions and planning, the financial strategy and structure of nonprofits, how nonprofits are changing their financial strategies and adopting emerging models.

Resources in Financial Strategy and Business Models

Healthy nonprofit organizations employ financial management practices that build

This expert guide outlines essential steps as: transforming your annual budget analysis; deciding whether or not income diversification is the way to go; achieving a robust reserve; and equipping your board for effective financial governance.

Most nonprofit leaders agree we need a new way to communicate about the true costs of our programs and the vital importance of strong organizational infrastructure. But we have not yet developed a simple, consistent message when sharing our view with potential supporters and investors. We are stuck with old terms and old images. How we visualize our understanding of nonprofit structure and programs shapes the overhead debate.

This outline for a social enterprise business plan is a guide for research, planning, and writing a business plan for nonprofit social enterprises.

Learn the four core components of a nonprofit business model: revenue mix, understanding the cost of effective programs, infrastructure, and capital structure and how all of these components connect to mission and your organization's financial health.

This resource explains financial structure of nonprofits, broken down into four core components. These components: revenue mix, infrastructure and expenses, program cost, and capital structure, define the business model that creates value for the community and sustains the business entity.

This E-Study, developed with the Hubert Project at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, guides you through learning about the real, true costs of delivering nonprofit programs. This knowledge is critical to help organizations make decisions about funding, contract terms or pricing, make the best use of unrestricted revenue and move toward sustainable finances.

The guide and accompanying spreadsheet template break down the process of understanding true program costs, either through budgeting or financial reports, into several stages.