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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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This post was originally published on AmyEisenstein.com in 2018.
Featured below is a success story from the nonprofit sector demonstrating how the LSS approach helped one organizations increase services to the Homeless. Click here to watch the short video. A transcript of the video and the slides are also available by scrolling down the page.
Our training partner Go Lean Six Sigma has many tools and resources on their website. www.goleansixsigma.com
Applications Now Being Accepted For 2018 C4NPR Nonprofit LEAN Six Sigma Green Belt Certification Program©
This program specifically focuses on LSS work in nonprofits and enables you to complete a LEAN Six Sigma 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.
If your organization believes any of the three myths below, you may be struggling financially but you don’t know why.
Myth One: Endowments are the best route to financial sustainability.
Endowments are typically seen as a safe solution for nonprofits looking to bolster financial sustainability. Funds in an endowment are permanently restricted and invested to produce an ongoing income stream for an organization —
It may be difficult—if not impossible—for the average community-based nonprofit to raise the funds necessary to generate the required income on an annual basis. There is a better way.
These funds can be put in the same accounts and earn the same interest as endowment funds but these types of resources provide more flexibility, which is critical for leaders of ever-changing organizations. Rather than raised in a full scale capital campaign, operating reserves are either built up slowly over time—by generating modest operating surpluses each year—or, increasingly, the result of foundation grants targeted for the purpose of building a reserve.
Myth Two: Nonprofits can’t make a profit
We meet many nonprofit leaders who subscribe to the general sentiment that nonprofits should never make a “profit” on the services they provide. Not only can nonprofits take in more money than they spend, they must do so to be sustainable over time.
The first step toward building a financial reserve is to create an organizational culture that accepts and strives to generate operating surpluses.
Myth Three: Building reserves is not a priority for organizations with chronic cash challenges.
For organizations facing chronic cash flow shortages, building an operating reserve can feel not only daunting, but perhaps even unrealistic.
It is possible for a cash-strapped organization to come to an understanding of what needs to be done to restore stability and commit to a rigorous financial fitness plan.
Operating reserves — liquid savings readily available for opportunities and emergencies alike — can be a game changer for nonprofit organizations.
Join Gretchen for one or both of her upcoming workshops on March 6, Telling Your Organization's Financial Story (9:30am-4:30pm) and March 7. Operational Excellence (9:30am-12:30pm). Visit c4npr.org to learn more!
Gretchen Upholt, an experienced staff and program manager, has expertise in training, capacity building, research, and program and volunteer management. Before joining the FMA team, Gretchen served as the head of the Volunteer Department at the Thabyay Education Network in Thailand. In that role Gretchen developed a strategic plan to improve monitoring and evaluation and program management in her department. Gretchen holds a Masters of Public Administration in Public and Nonprofit Management from NYU’s Wagner School of Public Service, where she was a Head Teaching Colleague for the core finance and management classes.
Q: Why did you choose to participate in The Center’s Certificate of Minority Executive Leadership?
A: "The CEO of the Area Office on Aging, Northwest Ohio strongly recommended and supported me for the certificate.Two other colleagues have participated and at least one acquaintance outside of work also attended."
Q: How has completing the Certificate of Minority Executive Leadership impacted you professionally?
A: "Professionally, it has provided exposure in the community and increased awareness of community agencies who are working hard at restoring trust in the Toledo community. I’ve been encouraged to further my education and to accept new and different responsibilities in my work world. The breakout lunch sessions with community leaders were instrumental in providing validation of goals and career direction. Because of the Minority Executive Leadership Certificate program, I am more aware of and have had more involvement with minority business leaders in the community. It underscores the importance of mentoring and sponsorship of emerging minority leaders in our community."
Q: What would you tell someone considering the Certificate of Minority Executive Leadership?
A: "Do it! Emphatically, yes? thumbs up! I’ve been spreading the word about The Center and about this certificate program."
To learn more about the Certificate of Minority Executive Leadership program visit http://www.c4npr.org/main/certificate-of-minority-executive-leadership/.
Regina Russell held the position of Waiver Services Coordinator Supervisor/HomeChoice at the Area Office on Aging while in the 2017 cohort. Since completing the Certificate of Minority Executive Leadership she has transitioned within the organization to the Performance Management Lead.
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supporting area nonprofits.
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