The Sustainability Mindset

Using the Matrix Map to make Strategic Decisions

The Sustainability Mindset: Using the Matrix Map to Make Strategic Decisions Paperback - 2014


The Matrix Map—a powerful tool for nonprofit strategic decision-making

Nonprofit sustainability lies at the intersection of exceptional impact and financial viability. The Sustainability Mindset offers nonprofit professionals and board members a step-by-step guide to move your organization towards this intersection. As outlined in the bestselling book Nonprofit Sustainability, "The Matrix Map" is an accessible framework that combines financial and programmatic goals into an integrated strategy. In this next-step resource, the authors detail a rigorous process to develop a meaningful Matrix Map and engage leadership in setting an organization's strategy.

Nonprofits that thrive in today's environment are adaptable with a clear understanding of their impact and business model. This book offers nonprofit boards and staff a framework to do so. Drawing on their in-depth experience, the authors provide an easy-to-follow process complete with tools and templates to help organizations visualize their business model and engage in strategic inquiry. The book provides a variety of illustrative examples to show how the Matrix Map works for all types of organizations. Nonprofit executives and board member are sure to benefit from The Matrix Map analysis.

Offers step-by-step guidance for creating a Matrix-Map, a visual representation of an organization's business model

Helps organizations assess how each of their programs contributes toward their desired impact and their financial bottom-line.

Filled with compelling examples of how The Matrix Map helps nonprofits with strategic decision-making

Written by the coauthors of the groundbreaking book Nonprofit Sustainability

This comprehensive resource will give any nonprofit the framework they need to make decisions for sustainability and the templates and tools to implement it and help leaders address the challenges inherent in balancing mission impact with financial viability.

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2015 LANO Conference

The Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations (LANO) is pleased to announce its 2015 Conference on October 22 and 23 at Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge. Keynote Steven D. Zimmerman, CPA, MBA will lead this intensive, two-day conference focused on financial management.

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2015 ALDE Webinar Series

Based upon one of the highest rated breakouts from the ALDE International Conference in 2015, Steve Zimmerman will introduce participants the matrix map, a visual representation of an organization’s business model designed to integrate revenue generating activities and mission impact. With the ALDE webinar series, you’re getting the best in philanthropic thought leadership. Learn more at

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Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence 10th Annual Conference

The topic of this year’s annual conference is “Setting the Standard: Operational Excellence for the New Nonprofit Sector.” Registration is now open for the Alliance’s 10th Annual Conference! All registrations cover the full conference and lunch provided by the Alliance.

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Nonprofit Sustainability: Understanding and Strengthening Your Business Model

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November 20, 2014, 8:30 am – 3:30 pm
Based on the book The Sustainability Mindset, this interactive training offers you a simple yet powerful tool for understanding and analyzing your business model that will aid in making strategic decisions in to strengthen the organization.


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7:30 AM07:30

How to Set Revenue Strategies for a Vibrant Fundraising Program

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Participants in this session will learn about a simple yet powerful framework for analyzing and adjusting their business models using the Matrix Map, a practical tool for determining the current impact and financial performance of core programs and fundraising activities.

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9:30 AM09:30

Demystifying Nonprofit Finance

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Everything you wanted to know, but were afraid to ask.

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Most Executive Directors are steeped in the program direction and mission of their organization – but find themselves overwhelmed by the jargon and complexity of financial numbers. This session breaks down that barrier and provides a framework and the skills necessary for the ED to fully become the financial leader of their organization.

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Cultivating the Sustainability Mindset

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Sustainability is a daily orientation, a mindset, rather than the result of finite budgeting or business planning efforts. It’s the result of everyone on staff and board sharing in the responsibility for deep mission impact and financial health all the time. In this session, we’ll define the core elements of the sustainability mindset and then explore practical yet powerful ways for cultivating it across your entire organization.

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Mission to Margin: Driving Exceptional Impact and Financial Viability

Are you operating programs that are a mission-fit and financially sustainable? How do you know?

This session introduces participants to the Matrix Map, an easy-to-create visual representation of an organization’s business model designed to engage board members and staff in making important decisions. This session will address how to articulate the intended impact of an organization, assess mission impact, and determine profitability of programs.

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