The Nonprofit Sustainability Clinic

“Sustainability encompasses both financial sustainability (the ability to generate resources to meet the needs of the present without jeopardizing the future) and programmatic sustainability (the ability to develop, mature and cycle out programs to be responsive to constituencies over time).” 1

Is it challenging for your organization to answer any of these three questions:

  • What income streams really work for us?
  • To which ones are we committed?
  • In which streams will we thrive and will we continue to build, sustain staffing and systems for?

If so, then join CNL for a 2-part clinic around strategic decision making aimed at sustainability.
Based on the theories and teachings of “The Sustainability Mindset” by Steve Zimmerman and Jeanne Bell (Jossey-Bass), this highly interactive and practical session offers staff and board leaders an opportunity to define sustainability for their organizations.  Participants will identify the current challenges and opportunities facing their business models, and outline immediate decisions and next steps needed to strengthen their organizations.

This clinic will introduce a tool for assessing the financial return and mission impact of core activities and guide participants in their initial use of the tool during the session.

At the conclusion of this training, organizations will leave with a clear process and tool for making critical programming decisions by maximizing financial and human resources to sustain their mission and its impact.

Need more details? click here for Sustainability Clinic Objectives.

“Greatness is the intersection of what we care deeply about, what we can be best at in the world, and what drives our resource engine” 2

Designed to be most valuable for organizations that participate as a team, we recommend that the team include all executive leadership of the organization.  Example: Executive Director, Board President, Board Leaders, Program Directors, and Fund Development Director (see group pricing below).

In order to provide a completely interactive program, enrollment for this clinic is limited to ten teams.  These teams will be impartially selected through an application process based on the readiness of the organization to participate in this advanced-level training.  Acceptance of qualified teams will be made on a first-come-first-served basis and organizations will be notified immediately when selected.  Payment in-full for the clinic must be made at that time.  There will be a waiting list created for qualified organizations that do not make the initial cut-off.

In addition to the six-hour clinic session on October 23, 2015, organizations are required to attend a planning session on September 14, 2015 from 5 to 6:30 pm. With all or the majority of their team in attendance, this session is designed to enable the group to prepare for, and therefore maximize the value of the training.   (Note:  All organizations who apply, whether selected or not, will be invited to attend this session free of charge).

Part 1 – Monday, September 14
Party 2 – Friday, October 23

Clinic Price: $385 for a maximum of 6 team participants.

1(Nonprofit Sustainability: Making Strategic Decision for Financial Viability)
2(Jim Collins, Good to Great and the Social Sectors (Harper Collins)

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