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Your Engine of Impact: Strategy

Every nonprofit needs a strategy—a planned set of actions that will enable it to achieve the all-important mission that provides its reason for being.

The development and implementation of a viable strategy can be a daunting task for nonprofit leaders, but valuable tools and frameworks are available to help guide them. Many of these tools and frameworks originated in the discipline known as business strategy. Nonprofits, of course, differ from for-profit corporations in that they exist to serve a social purpose rather than to increase shareholder returns. But like businesses, nonprofits operate in markets, and the basic principles of economics apply to them, too.


Your Engine of Impact: Mission

The mission of a nonprofit organization is its raison d’etre and its guiding light: A nonprofit exists to fulfill its mission—and its mission, as encapsulated in its mission statement, will ideally ensure that it stays on course. Yet, despite the paramount importance of having a clear and focused mission and mission statement, most nonprofits fall short in this area. 


Survey Says: Nonprofits Have Room to Grow

Two longtime friends of GuideStar, Bill Meehan and Kim Jonker, just released a report on research they conducted for their important new book, Engine of Impact: Essentials of Strategic Leadership in the Nonprofit Sector.


How to Measure Nonprofit Impact in 170 Countries (It’s Not What You Think!)

Photo from Isha Vidhya, first-place winner on GlobalGiving’s Top 10 Nonprofits Committed to Impact list

What would happen if you bridged two communities often overlooked in the international aid system? This is the goal that inspired two former World Bank employees to launch GlobalGiving in 2002. They wanted to connect individual donors—people whose gifts are often seen as too small to be meaningful—with local nonprofit organizations, whose impact has historically been all too easy to ignore because of their size or remoteness of their work.


From the President's Office, August 2009

Dear Friend: