SBA’s very own Kaili Harding wrote a great article published in the Daily Herald Business Ledger’s Guide to Philanthropy about building a successful nonprofit chamber. She broke it down into 5 ways she feels has helped the SBA become the organization it is today. These are her 5 methods which have helped the Schaumburg Business Association reach our level of success.
Essential to any business, communication is key to strengthening relationships within the organization. Focus first on finding the best way to connect internally which will, in return, create strong external communication amongst members. This way, they’ll feel like they are an integral part of the mission.
Know your financials. Understanding where your team is financially could be the difference between maintaining your business and losing it which is why business should consider doing a SWOT analysis. A SWOT analysis refers to determining strengths, weakness, opportunities, and threats to the organization. Once a SWOT analysis is done, your organization has a better idea of what areas need more focus.
Anyone running an organization or business of any type needs to know where every penny is going at any given time. With that being said, if your company has been consistent with its promises, then asking for a payment isn’t the worst thing in the world. This transparency shows a “we’re all in this together mentality.”
Having a positive environment is important for keeping the morale high within the organization. Since people feed off negativity it’s a must to build a team that works. A team that works is a team that is interdependent with cross training. This means employees have an idea of each other’s duties so that no one feels left alone in their job.
Finally, the anchor of the process. Gathering fanatical believers. You can’t expect to be successful if you don’t have a team who believes in the mission. The goal is to encourage others to believe, believe deeply enough that you take it upon yourself to get others to believe as you do.
These 5 ways to build a successful nonprofit chamber are surefire if your organization has the desire to succeed.
Full article on page 18. Click here.
Posted on Sep, 03
by Lisa Gilbert filed under