Although there are many similarities management and control not-for-profit organization are significant requirements for the best non-profit management. Since different charitable organizations have different missions, as well as vary significantly in size, there are often significant distinctions even between the needs of different non-profit. Obviously, with the majority of revenue comes from, how much of the cost is fixed, how updated and projects of the organization is, and the way to pay the employees should lead volunteers are all important factors as well. For the sake of this article, when I refer to the management, I refer to paid employees, and not volunteer leadership.
1. As with most things, the first thing that needs to be investigated related to finance. Is this organization primarily driven expenses, or is it a sponsor / donor driven? How important events for the survival of an organization? Any items that the organization has done has been well consistently, and who have either had varied success or flickering, or even not? How has the budget been created in the past, and the management or volunteers responsible for the preparation and examine whether a budget, or is it the interaction? What percentage of income have been spending in various areas, including staffing, control, programming, cost, etc.? Previous budgets have been useful documents, or just ceremonial and suggestive in nature? When, if ever, the Agency has used zero-based budgeting, and made a detailed study of the needs, priorities and values of various fees?
2. Who determines administrative policies and actions, management or volunteers? Volunteer leadership training and able, or are they more figure-head and Rah-Rah in nature? How many members are there? How is communication handled, and present methods work effectively? What are the precise control function now? What are the perceived needs? Is the current size of paid employees adequate, or too small or too big? How large organization this is, and what is the budget? What has been the overall strategy of the organization?
3. Is the organization’s mission still relevant today, or is there needs to be some development and tweaks to help reinvigorate this organization? Is Mission Statement easy to understand and explain? Have been any attempt to create a “cocktail party” explanation, since the objectives and importance of the agency can be explained in a way to whet your appetite.
4. How well trained volunteer leaders? Have professionally designed Leadership Training program designed and used continuously? How leaders are volunteers and qualified? What will management play in assisting in this?
While in the business world, workers are mostly employed workers who have been trained and have knowledge of their purview, many charitable organizations depend on volunteers, many functions, and thus it is often the variance of the quality of work and work with them as a volunteer . A not-for-profit must not only have knowledge and expertise, but will have the wisdom to take advantage and work with volunteers, but often have to “bump” their egos. There is little doubt that most small and mid-size organizations, management is much more demanding responsibility than in business management arena.