Self-Determination vs. Reliable Funding: Nonprofit Leaderships' Existential Dilemma
Jon Pratt is executive director of the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, co-director GrantAdvisor, and contributing editor to the Nonprofit Quarterly.
In an ideal world, every nonprofit would have reliable income over which they have complete control. Since that certainty is the case for very few organizations, nonprofit boards and managers must wrestle with the ups and downs, challenges, and attached conditions of their funding sources.
Join a keen observer of how nonprofits succeed (and why they fail), Jon Pratt, as he demonstrates how financial independence affects broad areas of nonprofit autonomy, transparency, civic leadership, and mission-focus. In this highly-applied session Jon will break the process of analyzing and developing a revenue stratagem into two steps. Jon will also engage in a conversation about the self-determination of the nonprofit sector. During small group work participants will develop revenue profiles of their organization or program, based on the relative reliability and autonomy of their sources of funding. Using that data, they will then identify potential revenue priorities and strategies going forward, shedding light on a critical way of thinking about our nonprofit work and its context within the larger community.
For leaders (and future leaders) who care about the extent to which the nonprofit sector can chart its own future, this session will provide a venue for you to wrestle with important tensions that shape the real-world ability of nonprofits to focus on their missions.