October 24, 2010

You know how important a turning point is in history. Or any turning point for that matter. Or even Malcolm Gladwell’s tipping point. Pretty much the same thing: the moment when something changed. For example: The point at which your organization finally embraced a culture of giving. The point when your NGO embraced personal, face-to-face solicitation (not street fundraising!)

But what about the turning point when nothing changed? There was no turning. Is that happening in your NGO right now? Does it seem like your NGO is there…at the tipping point…at the turning point…but nothing happens?

How do you avoid that nothingness? How do you make turning points turn and tipping points tip? What does it take? Who needs to do what?

Perhaps what’s necessary is leadership and adaptive capacity. Commitment and risk taking. Accountability. Who is accountable in your NGO?

Filed under: Nonprofit Management

About Simone Joyaux

A consultant specializing in fund development, strategic planning, and board development, Simone P. Joyaux works with all types and sizes of nonprofits, speaks at conferences worldwide, and teaches in the graduate program for philanthropy at Saint Mary’s University, MN. Her books, Keep Your Donors and Strategic Fund Development, are standards in the field.

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