New Year’s Day is fast approaching; it is a time of new beginnings, new goals, and a reset for all of the things you accomplished in 2016. Many of us set our own personal New Year’s Resolutions, but what about your non-profit? Whether you are the founder, leader, or a board member of a non-profit organization, here are some New Year’s Resolutions for your organization in 2017.
The beginning of the year is a great time to review your organization’s strategic plan. This can give you a great idea of where you’ve been and where you are going in the future. Take a record of your accomplishments over the past year and plan for the next one, three, or five years to come. Strategic plans often need some changes along the way. Make this a resolution to make sure you stay on track and get to celebrate your accomplishments.
Whether your goal is to cultivate new donors or interact with past and ongoing donors, January is a good time to review your donor interactions from last year, thank supporters, and plan for the year. Taking a look back, planning for the future will allow you to get feedback and evaluate your best strategies for ongoing donor support.
With new apps and social media websites popping up frequently, social media is another aspect of your organization that should be included in your list of resolutions. Make sure your organization is up to date on the newest social media trends, social fundraisers, and other ways to involve donors virtually. Review your past strategies as a basis for new strategies. A general rule is the more engagement your donors and prospective donors have with your organization, the better is it for your visibility.
In closing, we just have one more tip–with all resolutions, make sure they are measurable. This will help your organization track progress, gain inspiration and keep moving forward.
Do you have any New Year’s Resolutions you’d like to share? Let us know!