Balancing the Mission Checkbook

Insomnia and Upset Stomachs: Sounding the Alarm for Solid Nonprofit Finance

There are all kinds of measures and metrics for the financial health of nonprofits, and there are some golden rules to practice in order to ensure stability, flexibility, and sustainability in operations. We believe in this so much that we’ve identified the 12 Characteristics of Financially Healthy Nonprofits.

An Unplanned Sabbatical Changed my Life

One year ago I gave myself the gift of a sabbatical…and it changed my life. After my job as a VP/COO at a nonprofit was abruptly eliminated, I was left unemployed, with no substantive job leads, and a choice. The choice centered on what to do next. After working full-time for the last 20-plus years with little interruption, I decided to take some time off and make the best of my newly found free time.

Pretty Bad Best Practices

In our experience here at NAF, most nonprofits are really good at following rules. And yet, when we give presentations encouraging them to step up their game by having reserves and being innovative and strategic, we hear time and time again, “That all sounds great, and we’d really love to do those things, but we can’t. We don’t have the flexibility.”

Join the NAF/MAP Team! Position Currently Available: Marketing Manager

Nonprofits Assistance Fund/MAP for Nonprofits is seeking a new member for its team - Marketing Manager. If you are interested in fueling the impact and effectiveness of nonprofits, committed to building strong relationships, and have a passion for strengthening the nonprofit sector, we'd love to talk with you.

Applications are due by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, August 22, 2017. A full description of the Marketing Manager position can be found here.

Who Pays For the Common Good?

The recent news of Minnesota’s Crisis Connection closing due to shortfalls in funding is a powerful case study in the financial and strategic issues that face nonprofits.

And it raises a gigantic, thorny question: What is the balance between serving the common good and the financial realities of nonprofits?

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