Now that you've turned
your passion for social reform into a nonprofit enterprise, you have to assess the
best strategies to drive growth. But how do you motivate a team that is already
swamped with the day-to-day running of the organization?
Similar to a profit-driven
business, many back office tasks are outside the scope of the management team
due to a lack of time or available expertise. Nonprofit
outsourcing becomes a valid
alternative not only for the stressed nonprofit manager, but also for the board
or target population who demands results.
Outsourcing tasks within
a nonprofit may seem contrary to its purpose, especially when funds are
limited. However, the opposite can be true. The non-profit
coordinating committee of New York explains that it can be the logical answer to the challenge facing
thousands of today's nonprofit managers. They will further argue that
outsourcing reduces time devoted to certain tasks, enabling more attention to be
focused on the mission of the organization.
One particular case
study came from a human resources outsourcing firm, in which an organization was started and run by two women who
wore all the hats. From strategic leadership to tactical execution, they
did it all. In researching their own path to growth, they recognized
their HR function did not adequately address all the challenges they now faced.
Within months of selecting a vendor, tangible results were reported,
including reduced staff expenses and insurance costs.