Applications Now Being Accepted For Fall 2018 C4NPR Nonprofit LEAN Six Sigma Green Belt Certification Program©
This program specifically focuses on LEAN Six Sigma (LSS) work in nonprofits and enables you to complete a LSS process improvement project from start to finish. Green Belts carry more recognition and can deliver measurable, sustainable improvements by finding the root causes of problems and streamlining processes.
Visit www.c4npr.org to learn more about LEAN Six Sigma solutions offered through The Center.
Questions? Contact Heather Bradley at 419-241-9513 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Nonprofits are, at their core, champions for the best in their communities. To best assess how well they are advancing their missions, reaching target audiences, or enacting social and community change efforts, nonprofits need to gather focused and targeted data from engaged stakeholders and from those community members they seek to serve.
How you go about gathering information about or feedback from your stakeholders (participants, audience or community members, donors, or other people who are or may become connected to your nonprofit) will be specific to your organization. Your efforts should be focused on your mission, your programs, and the communities you seek to serve.
Starting with your nonprofit’s mission and vision, or the intended outcomes of a particular program, consider what questions you have that only your stakeholders can answer. Here are a few big-picture questions you might ask:
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Research suggests organizations supportive of diversity and inclusion tend to have higher levels of engagement and retention. For nonprofits, this results in a greater impact for their communities.
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To learn more from Katena, join The Center for Nonprofit Resources on April 26, 2018 for her workshop titled Embracing the Power of a Diverse and Inclusive Workplace. Register at c4npr.org.
Katena Cain is a professional consultant skilled at helping diverse groups and communities think creatively and collaboratively together. She empowers people to translate conflict and differences into creative breakthrough. She is a management consultant with Nonprofit Network where is skilled in cognitive coaching, is a certified Bridges Out of Poverty trainer and is a co-creator of a statewide Diversity, Inclusion and Equity toolkit.
Nonprofit leaders and key stakeholders will spend days, weeks, even months discussing the precise wording to capture the mission and vision of an organization. They then place the mission statement carefully on the website, annual report, and other key documents.
But it often stops there.
Just making the mission statement available is not enough. To truly communicate your purpose, goals, and story to your audience, it is important to thoughtfully and purposefully create a messaging platform that inspires others to get involved. A messaging platform is a document that provides a solid foundation for how all staff, volunteers, and other key stakeholders of an organization will communicate with the public. It includes specific word choices, themes, and other guidelines for how to create messages in any circumstance. Think of it like a style guide for words.
“Well,” you might be thinking. “I have a 30-second commercial. That’ll do, right?”
To put it bluntly: no.
Thirty-second commercials are useful to a certain degree, but they often have two primary drawbacks:
To discuss your nonprofit in a way that is compelling, it is important to tailor your message to your target audience while also having a number of talking points to call on in conversation. Developing a messaging platform connects your (often jargon-y) mission statement to regular interactions you have with potential donors, volunteers, or the people you serve. It also provides your key stakeholders with consistent messaging to use whatever the circumstance.
So, what should be in a messaging platform?
Taking the time to create a messaging platform is well worth the effort. The result is consistent messaging that you can build upon to create case statements, grant proposals, fundraising campaigns, and yes—even talking points for those networking conversations.
To learn more from Tana, join us for her upcoming workshop on April 12, 2018 titled " Compelling Messages for Nonprofits." Click here to learn more and register.
Tana M. Schiewer, PhD, is the CEO/President of Schiewer Consulting LLC, a consulting firm that specializes in helping nonprofit organizations and small businesses establish operations, fundraising plans, and communications that lead to success.
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supporting area nonprofits.
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