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Nonprofits are formed to solve significant social problems. The promises of their mission statements tells how the world will be transformed by the nonprofits’ efforts.

Does your community know how your nonprofit plans to transform it?

Do your services create the transformation your mission promises?

How significantly your nonprofit transforms your community depends on its leadership (volunteer and professional). If its leaders are committed to transforming themselves, by extension they transform those around them and their associated organizations.

A transformational leader connects their identity to the organization they are associated with. They also inspire others to connect their identities to the organizations. By inspiring others to connect their identities to your nonprofit, your board chair ensures you have an engaged board and staff.

When your board chair self identifies with your nonprofit, your chair will insist that your nonprofit transforms your community in meaningful, measurable, and durable ways. Your board chair realizes that as an individual it is hard to make a mark on your community but as part of an effective team it is possible to make a meaningful and durable change.

Recruiting a transformational leader to join a nonprofit’s board can be a significant challenge. WIthout a history of being a transformational force in the community, transformational leaders might be concerned about being out of place. Therefore, it is necessary to convince them that you are committed to change and they are the necessary change agent. Since they want to transform the world, you are providing them with a great opportunity. The challenge remains to convince them that your nonprofit is sincere about transforming and willing to expend the energy and resources necessary to affect the change. One way to begin your transformation is to recruit two or more transformational leaders as board members at the same time and have a donor who is a transformational leader participate in the recruiting.

Next Step:

Review your mission statement to ensue it promises a transformation your community will enthusiastically support

Ensure your client services fulfil the transformational promises made by your mission

Ensure your nonprofit’s leadership team is committed to transforming your community

Give your transformational donors a voice in your inspiration, planning, and execution

Donors who acquired their charitable resources through leadership activities are probably transformational leaders. They can provide your nonprofit with guidance and encouragement. They can also help you formulate your messages (mission statement, annual reports, donor communications, internal communications, etc.) in ways that inspire the recipients.

The majority of donors want their gifts to be transformational. They currently support your mission because they believe it can be transformational for your community. They will welcome your nonprofit’s transformational focus.

The support from your transformational leaders and your other donors will increase the sustainability of your funding stream. It will also result in more supporters such as donors, advocates, referral sources, and volunteers.

The increase in the transformational impact of your nonprofit will have a more measurable and durable impact on your community. You will be able to measure the growth of your impact by the increase in community support.

The number of clients served and durability of the change your services make in clients’ lives (the size of your impact) determines the robustness of your nonprofit’s sustainability.

Take It Further:

Remember, your impact will only be as large as your leadership allows it to be

Identify transformational leaders by the impact they make in the world around them and their ability to eliminate obstacles (nothing stops a transformational leader from making a impact)

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