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Nonprofits can map a route to stability

Registration is available now for a workshop that promises to provide a tool for nonprofits to achieve sustainability to better accomplish their missions.

“Pursuing Nonprofit Sustainability: Using the Matrix Map to Make Strategic Decisions” is designed for nonprofit staff and board members. It starts  8 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 4, at Bridgewood Resort Hotel & Conference Center, 1000 Cameron Way, Neenah. It is co-sponsored by the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region, United Way Fox Cities, Schenck and the Nonprofit Leadership Initiative.

Nonprofit sustainability lies in committed, passionate leaders coming together with a shared understanding of the organization’s business model, according to presenter Steven Zimmerman, CPA, MBA, of Spectrum Nonprofit Services. Effective leaders use that collective insight to make strategic decisions that adjust to the dynamic environment and constituent needs.

This interactive training introduces the matrix map, a visual tool used to guide your leadership in making decisions that drive exceptional impact in a financially viable manner. The matrix map allows board and staff to understand their organization by integrating mission impact and financial viability in a way that enables them to frame choices and make the adjustments and investments necessary to strengthen the business model. Learn the key concepts and then leave with a tool you can use immediately to engage staff and board in the pursuit of nonprofit sustainability.

Zimmerman promises that at the end of this session you will:

  • Understand the concepts of sustainability, the nature of nonprofit business models and how their activities work together to create a sustainable organization.
  • Be able to analyze your business model and articulate the strategic inquiries to strengthen it based on the matrix map.
  • Complete a draft matrix map and identify preliminary strategic inquiries to strengthen your organization’s business model.

To maximize the benefit, nonprofit staff should be accompanied by at least two or three board members. The cost is $35 per person. That includes handouts, continental breakfast and buffet lunch. Please register by Thursday, Sept. 28. at Questions? Call Carla at 920-236-2026.

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