In her post on the BoardSource blog, Emily Brush makes the case for nonprofit organizations putting on their oxygen masks before helping others. Translation? Focus on sustainability first then increase impact.
In recent years, says Emily, nonprofit boards have made capacity building a keystone of strategic planning initiatives. But despite its reputation as an indispensable goal, building organizational capacity remains an abstract ambition for many organizations, and it competes with other high-priority initiatives, such as developing new programs to create further impact.