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Introducing the ‘Open the Floodgates to Sustainability’ Assessment

What if sustainability was not only possible but also something you will achieve by a specific date? What if you made sustainability your goal for next year? Your organization can be sustainable. You, with your supporters, can achieve it. Here are three recommendations and a new tool to get you there:

  • Belief. Having the conviction that sustainability is possible, is not an “Oh yeah I believe it” commitment. It’s a YES. Since others do it we can too.
  • Together. Sustainability is an “all hands on deck” endeavor. Gather your best board, staff, volunteers, and supporters. Engage them to achieve your sustainability because of the lives that will be changed.
  • Start. Determine your current status. Knowing where you are now will allow you to design a realistic plan to close the gap between here and your sustainable income.

How can you determine your current status? Use this new tool: The Open the Floodgates to Sustainability Assessment. In less than five minutes, discover your current sustainability. There is no cost. Moreover, since sustainability is something you want to do with others, ask those who will be helping you to invest five minutes in taking the assessment and bring their answers to your meeting. You can discuss what they learned. Share what surprised them.

Decide that 2016 is the year you’ll become sustainable. Take the assessment now—you’ll gain clarity and be ready to plan your next step to sustainability.

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Karen Eber Davis, MBA

About the Contributor: Karen Eber Davis, MBA

Karen Eber Davis is a leading authority on income growth strategies for nonprofits. She helps leaders generate the ideas, resources, and money they need to fulfill their goals and create extraordinary impact.

For over twenty years, Karen has advised nonprofit organizations such as The Salvation Army, Habitat for Humanity, The American Red Cross, Ringling College of Art and Design, Meals on Wheels PLUS, and many others.Karen is

7 Nonprofit Income Streams, by Karen Eber DavisKaren is author of the popular 7 Nonprofit Income Streams: Open the Floodgates to Sustainability! (CharityChannel Press, 2014) and is a contributing author to YOU and Your Nonprofit Board: Advice and Practical Tips from the Field’s Top Practitioners, Researchers, and Provocateurs (CharityChannel Press, 2013). She has published over two hundred articles in a variety of publications, including Advancing Philanthropy, CharityChannel Press, Nonprofit World, and The Nonprofit Times. Her monthly newsletter, Added Value, and column, “The Ingenious Nonprofit,” inspire leaders to find ways to realize more funding and more supporters to accomplish their mission.

Karen graduated magna cum laude from the University of Connecticut and earned her MBA in finance from the University of South Florida.

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