What We Do
Life in the nonprofit sector often demands that we move deftly between a management role and a leadership role—and appreciating the critical difference—in the course of a day. We believe our sector’s leaders struggle too often with tactical, not strategic, approaches. Innovation and bold leadership are in short supply. Isn’t it time to stop driving with your eyes on the rearview mirror?
Making time for your board and staff to embark on a strategic plan should not be a postponed luxury. A well-conceived strategic plan takes into account your vision, mission and broad-reaching goals, includes the perspectives of different stakeholders, and translates naturally into an annual program of work with performance benchmarks. A multi-year plan will inform board recruitment, program development, and strategic fundraising. Set sail without one and you’ll risk ending up adrift.
We believe that the reason so many nonprofits struggle with resources and cycle through development directors every two years or so is not a weakness in skill or will, but a lack of a strategic approach and imbalanced expectations. Your toolbox of fundraising strategies today includes so many options. We’re here to help sift through these channels and approaches for the best, most productive, integrated strategy for your nonprofit.
The strength of your board is inexplicably linked to your organization’s future success. Is your board the right size? Do you have the talent you need? Is each member actively engaged in furthering your mission? Meanwhile, the effectiveness of any nonprofit will rise or fall dramatically in direct relationship to the ability of its board of directors and staff leadership to function as a well-synchronized team.
No one would suggest that cooperation and collaboration in our sector is a bad idea, yet only the brave few are willing to actually explore what blending strengths with a complementary organization might look like. Ego, turf, branding and logistics are just a few of the challenges.
Sometimes the best value that a savvy nonprofit consultant can bring is a fresh and unbiased point of view. Whether your nonprofit seems stuck in its infancy or is a long-established institution in a flat growth phase—or at any number of chapters in between—it can be very useful to have an outsider’s take on everything from mission evolution to board governance to staffing patterns to financial systems.
Life in the nonprofit sector makes demands on a staff and board in ways that seem almost contradictory: always keep a strategic focus, but mind the nuts and bolts. Make sure you’re mission-driven and always remain true to your organizational values, but deliver programs and maintain financial systems with a bottom-line eye for efficiency. Sometimes you just need some focused help, or a funder requires that you strengthen systems in a specific area.
For all his decades in the nonprofit sector, working as a community organizer, executive director, and organizational and fundraising consultant, Rich Male is at his core a teacher. He is equally comfortable talking about sector trends or leadership challenges from a ballroom podium as he is conducting a small-group workshop on a specific topic. From print publications to interactive workshops to webinars, RMA can be a tremendous resource for board retreats, community/stakeholder meetings, membership events, volunteer recognition receptions, and staff team-building.