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Balancing Mission and Budget by Rob Neal
February 24, 2009, 7:07 pm
Filed under: Articles, Management

How can nonprofits effectively balance their mission with their budget in a changing environment?  One option is to revise (and probably limit) the organization’s focus.  Another is to follow the guidelines set out in Zeroing in on Impact.

Here the authors want us to look beyond the mission, to “clarify what success looks like.” Their approach is more grounded than this phrase sounds. They suggest using a process that looks at the identity, purpose and capabilities of the organization.

In the end, the organization’s leaders should have a strategy that “reflect the aspirations of the organization’s mission as well as the constraints of its bottom line.”


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