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 Where execution

   trumps strategy

Our Research and Call to Action

Our research creates a call to action in how we support the lifecycle development of even the smallest of small nonprofits.  Within the last six years, our experience in this field has uncovered that start-up nonprofits face particular sets of challenges during its first five years to establish sustainability similar to small businesses.  In general, these organizations: 


  • Have a tenure of less than five years.
  • Possess little or no experience in nonprofit management.
  • Remain unexposed to the gifts and benefits of the philanthropic community due to poor or marketing receive a few single, one-time grants and no multi-year funding;
  • Operate on a shoestring budget of $10,000 to $250,000.
  • Are not required to provide detailed information about its financial or internal operations to the Internal Revenue Service resulting in low levels of accountability and increasing the likelihood of their remaining invisible to the philanthropic community.

 

The Critical Initial 5 Years

 

There is a major difference between knowing "what to do" to manage a nonprofit and "how to do it".  In today's competitive environment, research by the Baylor University reveals that only one-third of start-up nonprofits survive beyond five years.  For new nonprofits and foundation grantees, the first five years are considered the most critical time frame to establish best practices in management, fund raising and workforce development with one goal in mind --- to get the job done.


Isolation and Lack of Advanced Management Training

Underestimating the value of small non-profits is a recurring mistake that contributes to communities missing out on the incomparable services they provide. Their message is often one geared to respond to the needs voiced by under served communities on an intimate and personal level. Often isolated from mainstream giving and effective training programs, these organizations are chronically under capitalized due in large part to the fact that very few are aware of their existence.  Lack of money for continuous training pigeon-holes them into having to attend the one-size-fits all workshops.  These workshops simply cannot offer a comprehensive training environment for the long-term development of small nonprofits.  Without ongoing and advancing management training, the smallest nonprofits remain confined to utilizing non-functional and ineffective approaches and methodologies when deploying needed social services.

The Struggle to Survive

In today's competitive nonprofit environment, research by the Baylor University reveals that only one-third of start-up nonprofits survive beyond five years.  For new nonprofits, the first five years are considered the start-up period and this critical time frame requires the ability to employ best practices in management, fund raising and workforce development.  Without this capability, just like with any small business in America, a nonprofit will be forced to close its doors.

The Negative Impact on Communities when a Nonprofit Closes

Beyond the pressing concern about a small nonprofits sustainability, lies the matter of under served communities losing valuable services that small nonprofits start but are unable to continue due to a lack of training and diverse funding.  By insulating nonprofits from failure, we can improve how we avoid instances of underprivileged communities losing beneficial social services by decreasing instances of nonprofits closing their doors.  And, closing the doors of a start-up nonprofit is more of a reality today due to the extremely competitive not-for-profit landscape for philanthropic funding.  Ron Mattocks, author of Zone of Insolvency: How Nonprofits Avoid Hidden Liabilities and Build Financial Strength, asserts that as many as one-third of the nation's 1.4 million registered nonprofits operate in the zone of financial distress and operate with a real possibility of closure.

We Answer the Call

Although the smallest of the small nonprofits face a particular set of challenges, Mange-2-Mange answers the call with cutting edge, continuous education and services. 


We welcome your partnership in support of nonprofits in your community.