How Non-Profits Can Come to Thrive

Philip Siddons
ILLUMINATION
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7 min readAug 8, 2022

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They just need to pair resources with the need.

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Your organization might be involved in social justice. It might be a church, synagogue, or temple. Even if your non-profit is well established and well connected with a national affiliate, the needs are the same. With the stresses of the pandemic causing further erosion in attendance and participation, the needs have become even more pressing. How can it thrive amidst these challenges?

Assessing The Need

1. People want to feel they belong and are needed. We search for opportunities to contribute our talents and experiences for the benefit of others. (One stark differentiation between non-profits and businesses is the latter adds “to make money” to the end of the previous sentence.)

2. We’re involved not only for a sense of belonging. We could get that by just joining a gang — purely tribal as a desperate attempt to not only survive but also dominate and conquer. On the contrary, we want to learn and grow in our life’s journey. That’s why non-profits are values-laden assemblies that involve teaching and community service. The values implicit in not-for-profit organizations are about being open, inclusive, and wanting to create good for as many as possible.

3. Knowing that people want to be known, accepted, and valued for their contribution to the community, non-profits need to know the interests and experiences of its volunteers.

4. How, then, should organization’s leaders manage its member interests and experiences and then channel those resources to meet the needs of those whom it serves? That is the purpose of this article.

Managing the Resources to Meet the Needs

All leaders of non-profit organizations are confronted by overwhelming human need. It could be an educational organization, a church or a foundation seeking to alleviate a problem such as homelessness. The needs of those served always exceed the resources. Thats why every non-profit organization needs to be mindful that their leadership doesn’t get burned out. Leaders are likely to be empathetic and compassionate. The mismatch between the available resources and the human needs is why leadership is burning out and leaving their life-long professions. That’s why managing the…

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Philip Siddons
ILLUMINATION

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