Episode 69

How the Best Nonprofits Launch, Scale Up and Make a Difference with Kathleen Janus

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Episode 69

How the Best Nonprofits Launch, Scale Up and Make a Difference with Kathleen Janus

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by goldenburggroup

This is the playbook on how to build your nonprofit, whether you are a board member, donor or nonprofit leader.

The IRS grants over 60,000 organizations tax exempt status from the each year. The vast majority of these new nonprofits are small organizations with a big idea and an ambitious founder. But most of them will never grow to have a large impact and fulfill their missions. In fact, it’s very common for organizations to stagnate with annual budgets below $500,000.

We explore the question “Why do some organizations flourish while others flounder” with Kahtleen Janus, a social entrepreneur, lecturer, and Co-Founder of Spark™. We discusses her new book Social Startup Success: How the Best Nonprofits Launch, Scale Up, and Make a Difference as the playbook of how to build your organization and the nonprofit sector. She emphasizes:

  • Creating a culture of innovation

The most successful nonprofits utilize collective leadership, not a celebrity leader.

  • Measuring impact for better scaling
  • Finding an appropriate funding model
  • Embracing collective leadership
  • Utilizing storytelling for growth

***Timestamped Highlights*****

(3:09) Kathleen shares her inspiration in writing her book
(5:04) A common obstacle nonprofits face
(7:00) Getting over the hump: growing your budget from 500,000 to 2,000,000 with 5 steps
(7:30) Step 1: Create a culture of innovation- the importance of testing and improving as they grow.

Storytelling is your version of sales and marketing; you are selling your organization.

(7:45) Step 2: Measuring impact to scale more quickly
(8:35) How to measure impact and scale with relatively little money in the bank
(10:03) Braven: an organization measuring impact by using specific data metrics
(11:48)- Advancing your metrics: Testing the Counterfactual:
(14:04) Step 3: Find your funding model
(15:05) Step 4: Build a culture of collective leadership for growth
(16:26) Number 5: Make storytelling a practice for growth
(22:00) Kathleen shares a dirty secret and honest truth
(23:20) A Success Story from Focusing on Resources: Last Mile Health Women’s Healthcare Clinic
(28:36) Problematic tendency: lack of incentive to acknowledge failure in the nonprofit sector.
(32:05) Kathleen shares how she knows when it is time to quit

For your organization to grow, you need to have a culture of innovation and know the importance of testing for improvement.

Links:

Kathleen’s website: www.kathleenjanus.com
Kathleen’s link to purchase book and accessories: http://www.kathleenjanus.com/socialstartupsuccess.html
Entrepreneurship Survey Report: http://www.kathleenjanus.com/resources.html
Social Start-up Success Evaluation Tool kit: http://www.kathleenjanus.com/resources.html
Twitter: www.twitter.com/@kkellyjanus

 

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