Sometimes as organisations we lose track of what makes us work; often it’s important for us to stop and take stock of where we are, and what we can do better in order to be more successful – that is – achieve our goals. Here’s 7 quick tips to take stock of:

1. Build a following

Increasing your network and support from other NPOs will give your organisation the support and sustainability needed to advance.

2. Increase your visibility

It is important to share your generated content, share content from others, and stay connected with those who share your passion, while staying up to date with current trends.

3. Assess your board

A healthy relationship with your board will make for a healthy NPO. Assess any problems with board members that are not fully engaged with the organisation, recruit the necessary skills and not just the big names. Ensure that communication is strong between managerial positions and the board and inform the board of any developments or potential changes in your organisation.

4. Focus on adaptive leadership

Certain changes can alter the perception of your organisation internally and also externally. Whether it is diversity in the office, new management, or an external change to NPOs as a whole, it is important for the leaders of your organisation to adapt and change as smoothly as possible.

5. Show your vision

Paint a picture of the solution, don’t show them the crisis; give details of your projected expansion and be sure you know (and can show) where is your organisation headed.

6. Know your own identity

What does your organisation actually do? Before you can ask others to invest in your organisation, make sure that you have invested yourself in your organisation.file-reputation

7. Tell your organisation’s sustainability story

Many donors will question if your organisation is sustainable or not. It is often difficult to prove how sustainable your organisation is, explain your history from your annual report  and how it has contributed to where you are today. Use material like your annual report to tell this story.

Author: Jordan Loucks. Edit by Ruvimbo Gwatirisa.