The 14 Attributes of a Thriving Non-Profit

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Non-profits are messy. It’s true even for the best non-profit organizations out there.

Not enough money… Too many cooks… An abundance of passion…

Often on this blog I write about what non-profits are doing wrong and how to fix it. After all, “non-profits are messy” is more than just my tagline — it’s my mantra. And my mission is to help non-profits clean up the mess.

But today, I want to focus on what the best non-profit organizations are doing right. My hope is this will inspire you and set an aspirational vision. Maybe your non-profit does a bunch of these really well (I hope so!), but we all have something to work on.

There are fourteen things the best non-profit organizations do really well.

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Ep 21: The Happy Healthy Nonprofit (with Beth Kanter)

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Working at a nonprofit can feel like an express train to Burnout-land. How do we avoid that stay mindful and healthy while doing such passionate work?

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Joan Garry’s Blog: A Guided Tour

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Using emails from my subscribers as a guide, here’s a guided tour of the blog, highlighting some of the posts tribe members have found most valuable.

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Ep 20: Volunteer If You Want to Live Longer (with Pamela Hawley)

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Harvard did a study that determined that volunteering helps people live longer and healthier lives with 38% fewer nights spent in the hospital.

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5 Ways to Supercharge Your End-of-Year Fundraising

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Last night I had my annual stress dream where I’m taking my high school Spanish final, and before I even answer one question the bell rings and Senor…

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How to Deal With Difficult People

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We all have difficult people in our lives. Here are my top 10 strategies for how to deal with difficult people at work (especially at a nonprofit.)

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Ep 19: How to Give a Great Speech (with Elaine Bennett)


How do you write and give a great speech that excites and inspires your audience about your organization? Elaine Bennett tells you how to do just that.

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