How do you measure the success of a nonprofit?

“Exemplary leaders search for opportunities by seizing the initiative and looking outward for innovative ways to improve; and they experiment and take risks, constantly generating small wins and learning from mistakes.”

-Jim Kouzes & Barry Posner.

In the world of nonprofit organizations, measuring success is how one gets to know whether the mission is working or not. Yes, we also measure success by experiencing that amazing feeling in our hearts when we see that the mission we’ve set has helped make the world a better place. But, passion and commitment just aren’t enough. We have to be practical and collect necessary data to ensure that we are working and make the required changes accordingly.

To stay relevant and keep your organization active, you need to take certain steps such as measuring the organisation’s success. Although the goal for every nonprofit organization is to help those in need and make the community and the world a better place, the success measurement method varies depending on the organization.

When it comes to measuring success, nonprofits do it a little different as compared to for-profit organizations.

“Why” you ask?

Unlike for-profit organizations, nonprofits do not have direct competitors; they do it for the cause and the mission. However, the similarity lies in how both organizations set goals – long-term and short-term – as benchmarks to determine their success.

Now, it’s a given that for an organization to bear a fruitful outcome, measuring success is imperative, be it a nonprofit organization or a for-profit organization.

Here are some of the reasons for nonprofits to measure their success:

To ensure that the subject matters are getting the right help they need.
To see whether the funds are correctly used for the cause and the mission.
To determine which steps or measures are taken are working and which aren’t.
To make informed decisions to make changes for the benefit of the mission.

Following are the parameters a nonprofit must measure:

Effectiveness of the outreach.
Communication tactics.
Fiscal health.

Let’s get back to the topic at hand- How does a nonprofit measure its success?

Measurement of success for a nonprofit should be qualitative as well as quantitative in nature. So, in this article, let’s get to know a bit of these two measurements.

Quantitative Measurement: defines quantitative measurement as “the measurement of data that can be put into numbers. The goal of quantitative measurement is to run statistical analysis, so data has to be in numerical form.”

Collecting and measuring the numbers of, let’s say, volunteers, earnings, new donors, among others, of the previous year helps in calculating whether there has been performance improvement or not. With this data, you will be able to make informed decisions going forward. Maintain detailed documentation of where the funds come from and are going out.

In this digital age, there are many software programs such as Microsoft Excel, which can keep track of important data. There are also various types of quantitative data analysis you could use.

Examples of Quantitative Data Analysis Methods

Trend analysis
MaxDiff analysis
Conjoint analysis
Total Unduplicated Reach and Frequency Analysis
Gap analysis
SWOT analysis
Text analysis.

Steps for Conducting Quantitative Data Analysis

Associating measurement scales such as Nominal, Ordinal, Interval and Ratio with the variables.
Linking descriptive statistics to encapsulate available data.
Deciding the measurement scale for concluding descriptive statistics for the variable.
Selecting the right tables to represent data and analyze collected data.

Qualitative Measurement:

According to the Classroom, qualitative measurements are “ways of gaining a deeper understanding of a topic. Researchers who are looking to find the meanings behind certain phenomena or are investigating a new topic about which very little is known, use qualitative measures.”

This measurement may include how the charity is seen by the community, the organization’s reputation among those who need help, or its steadfastness, among others. These are not easily measured. This can be done by conducting surveys, getting feedback or simply asking questions by conducting interviews. Ask volunteers and recipients about their experiences, This way you will be able to know what is working and what isn’t.

Qualitative measurement helps in in-depth analysis and understanding what the community and recipients think. With this type of measurement, it is easier for the organization to get direct answers from the subject matter by probing them.

Examples of Qualitative Data Collection Methods:

One-to-One Interviews
Focus groups:
Record keeping
Case studies
Process of observation
Longitudinal studies.

Steps for Conducting Quantitative Data Analysis:

Collecting all the data
Arranging the data
Organizing all the data
Setting up codes for all the data collected
Validating the data
Concluding the analysis process.

It is crucial for every nonprofit organization to have a team to measure the success of their mission. They need to be so dedicated that they know the ins and outs of the mission and performance in order to provide a reliable report so that management and leaders in charge will be able to see exactly where they’ll be needing to take action for the benefit and prosperity of the nonprofit organization.

One of the main reasons that nonprofit organizations do not meet their goals is the lack of compassion and dedication that volunteers and employees possess. So, ensure that you hire employees or get volunteers who are passionate about and dedicated to the cause and their work.

Learn how to scale-up community-driven change that is inclusive and sustainable with a hands-on program for innovative nonprofit managers. An advanced degree in community development or nonprofit management will equip yourself with leadership skills that are vital to growing your nonprofit organization.

So, now that you know how to measure the success of a nonprofit organization, we leave you here with our best wishes and this quote: “No matter what your mission is, have some notion in your head. Forget the model, whether it’s government or nonprofit or profit. Ask yourself the more important question: Is my mission improving the world? Are you sure about it? Seek to disconfirm that all the time. And if you can, change your mission” – Jeff Bezos.

قیمت خدمات بک لینک سازی خرید بک لینک های قوی دائمی و ارزان

Mental health in the Pandemic

If your mental health is affected by what is happening around you, this article is for you.

Here are a few symptoms that indicate your mental health is deteriorating-

Excessive crying
Difficulty concentrating
A noticeable change in eating pattern
In a constant state of sadness
Anxious behavior

It is quite normal to feel an increase in your stress levels, and anxiousness but when it continues for a longer period it is detrimental to health.

1. Talk about your feelings-

Talking to someone you trust and who understands you is therapeutic. Instead of keeping your feelings bottled inside talk to a therapist, a trusted relative, or a friend.

2. Take a break from the news-

While it is important to stay updated, there comes a time when you need to cut down on sources of information that affect your mental health negatively. After a while, the news is not informational and is upsetting. The visuals and the crisis can be detrimental to one’s mental health. Give yourself time to unwind from this situation and do activities that make you happy.

3. Work on your body-
Focus on your body to boost your immunity. Practice breathing exercises, do stretching exercises, and meditate for a few hours in the day. Most importantly make sure you get the required hours of sleep. It helps to boost immunity.

4. Follow a routine that keeps you engaged throughout the day-
Try to set yourself in a routine which includes your daily work, some sort of physical activity throughout the day. Most of the time, we tend to overthink a situation which leads to more negative thoughts running on our minds. When you set yourself in a routine the mind stays occupied that cuts down on overthinking. A routine also helps to be more productive. Do not forget to add some sort of physical activity to your routine to keep yourself fit mentally and physically.

5. Rely on verified information only-
What triggers anxiety is the rumor and speculation about the disease. Ensure you are exposed to verified sources of information about the virus, which will help to put your mind at ease. While you are keeping yourself about the world news related to the pandemic, ensure you follow the 20-second hand wash rule after you come back after stepping out. In case you cannot wash your hands, use a hand sanitizer. Do not forget to isolate yourself if you feel unwell.

6. Stay connected-

Stay in touch with your near and dear ones. The advancement of technology and smartphones has helped to make long-distance relationships easier. In stressful times, everyone functions better with support and company. Keep in touch with your family with video calls, emails, or through social media.

7. Cut down on social media-

Make sure you stay away from your smartphone and the laptop from time to time. Use social media to connect to friends but avoid over-sensationalizing things. Assess your social media activity and adjust after tuning in with yourself. Avoid absorbing information that does not benefit you and increases your worry and anxiety. Block, mute social media users who make you feel anxious. Social media is a place that is flooded with unverified information. If you are sharing content, do ensure you are doing so from trusted sources.

8. Practise Yoga-
Yoga and meditation are known to have a positive impact on mental health in the pandemic. Practicing yoga brings a change in an individual’s life which in turn improves the physical and mental health of a person. Do activities like chanting ‘Om’. It directly has an impact on the brain that reduces emotional turmoil. Physical activity, meditation relieve stress, strain, reduces inflammation, and have a calming effect on the nervous system.

Remember, it is okay to ask for help. If you feel things are spiraling out of your control do not hesitate to talk to your therapist.

Why do fancy restaurants serve such tiny portions?

Why is that? You would think for the price they charged and the elegant style of the restaurant, the Chef in his chef whites and chef hat could at least give you a decent portion of food, right?

Well, such high-class restaurants have many reasons for serving small portion sizes, such as:

Keeping costs down – High class restaurants order only the best ingredients for their dishes and these too from various different sources, in order to create and serve a high quality, great tasting food, hence the price they pay for the ingredients in much more. By serving small portions they make the dish more affordable.
Wide array of tasting – Most high-end restaurants offer several courses per meal, and the small portions give customers the opportunity to taste several different varieties and flavored dishes.
Creative plating – Smaller portions allows for greater space on the plates for Chefs to get creative with their plating skills, making the dishes true artistic creations.
Taste vs quantity – The understanding among fine dining restaurants is that their customers prefer to savor different tastes rather than fill up.
Creating a buzz – With the creative plating ideas of these small portions, the restaurants are able to create content for themselves through their consumers with photos and posts etc of unique dishes being shared by them through social media channels.
Less boring tastes – Smaller portions create lasting excitement for our tastebuds. It is widely understood that our tastebuds get used to a taste after 4-5 bites, hence with small portions of varying dishes, the tastebuds are constantly tantalized with new and exciting tastes.

So, the next time you visit a high-end restaurant, don’t be put off by the small portions. It is all planned according to the right psychology, and all those chefs, wearing their chef whites, want to do is to give you an explosion of flavors to savor and create a memorable dining experience for you.

What to Expect During a Timeshare Presentation

Whether you’ve been lured in by the promise of a free dinner, free trip, or even free money timeshare presentations can be some of the most intense real estate pitches around. During my tenure with real estate I have experienced many fine and many poor timeshare presentations and here is what you can expect too.

First things first, these people are sales people and they make a living from selling real estate so don’t go into the situation thinking you will not be pressured. Now that we have that out of the way let’s get an understanding of what you can expect.

On the day of the presentation you will most likely meet your representative at the resort, usually in the front lobby where you’ll sign in. From there you’ll either get a free breakfast (wine and dine sales pitch) or you’ll get drinks and a small appetizer. Here is where the sales agent will get a feel for you and your situation. The agent will be extremely friendly, make jokes, ask about family members, your job, and all that fun stuff. You can consider this Phase I.

During Phase II you will get up from the buffet or seat and be escorted on a lovely tour of the resort. Most of the time the resort will actually be quite amazing and this is when your mind will play tricks on you. This is why the salesperson takes you on the tour, to get smiles out of you and get your happy endorphins on high alert. Once they can see you are interested in the property they will keep the tour going and show you various timeshare suites and rooms available. Again, don’t be shocked if they are amazing (after all if they weren’t these companies would be out of business)! Once you have viewed the resort, its facilities (pools, gym, massage, etc), and rooms its time to move on the Phase III.

At Phase III you will be taken back to a sales office but usually not just any “sales office”. Most of the time you will be in an organized room consisting of multiple tables, chairs, and other potential buyers so don’t freak out. The company does this intentionally to add pressure to your decision and influence rash decisions. To the resort rash/quick decisions usually equal money to them so keep your bearings and make only informed decisions. After a usually intense sales pitch (including financials) if your salesperson does not persuade you to make the big leap and purchase then their manager will be called over to speak with you. The manager will reinforce what the initial salesperson said but most likely offer you a better deal while pressuring you harder. If you decide to buy based on a deal they offer you, make sure you get it in writing! If you decide its not for you, stick to your guns and keep saying no…remember these are sales people and they need to eat so the pressure will be there. If you were promised the resort was going to give you something make sure you collect before you leave, else, you will probably never see it.