Every single successful nonprofit has an excellent team driving the mission forward. This is always the case.
The majority of nonprofits who are struggling are struggling because they have serious people problem. They have the wrong people on their team. A team full of the right people will propel your mission forward. A team with even one or two of the wrong people can sucker punch your mission right in the heart.
IT'S TIME TO CLEARLY DEFINE THE CULTURE.
When it comes to attracting the right people to work for your nonprofit, you must always start with the culture of your organization. There is about a thousand things I can say about why culture is so important but here's the thing you need to know: Your organization already has a culture. It just might not be a positive one or one that truly reflects the values of the organization. Organizations that find themselves continually stacking their teams with folks they thought would "work well" only to find out down the road that they were a total "hiring mistake" may have a "culture" problem.
When the culture of an organization is clearly defined and practiced consistently, teams become more cohesive and the hiring process becomes much more focused.
Instead of "fulfilling a position", you are building a team.
How do you know if your organization has a culture issue? Let me ask you this question:
If it took you longer than 20 seconds to find the answer to that question, you have a culture issue. When I ask my nine year old granddaughter how we celebrate birthdays in our family, she would tell you that everyone gets together (all family members and significants are invited) ... everyone eats dinner at the restaurant the birthday person has chosen... and then right before cake we all go around in a circle and say one thing we love about the birthday person. From that you answer you would gather:
1. Our family culture enjoys food and celebrating with food.
2. Our family culture values gathering everyone together for celebration. We are inclusive and practice inclusivity by extending the invitation to celebration to significant others and not just blood/married related members.
3. Our family culture encourages positive affirmations as a way we express affection and appreciation.
Ask one of your team members what they believe is the collective way that your organization celebrates the wins. Take notes on what they say and if they say, "I don't know...." get intentional about defining your desired culture.
Culture is important because a healthy culture will produce a healthy team.
Please...PLEEEEEEEEEEASEE... get help if you need it.
Don't be afraid to hire an outside consultant to help you identify your values in order to be able to create and cultivate your desired culture. It will ultimately aid you in attracting the right team members to work for your nonprofit. Remember, the right people will propel your mission forward and your will accomplish the good you set out to do. And isn't that what you want? Yea. I thought so.
I am wearing your colors and I'm cheering loudly for you,