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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Nonprofit Sustainability: Understanding and Strengthening Your Business Model

  • Ball State University Alumni Center 2800 W Bethel Ave Muncie, IN, 47304 United States (map)

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How do you make tough program decisions? In today’s rapid pace of change, nonprofit business models are quickly evolving and strategic decisions need to be made if organizations are going to be sustainable.  This interactive training introduces participants to the Matrix Map, an engaging, visual tool that turns an organization’s business model into a single, compelling image that best represents the mission impact and financial viability of the organization–program by program or grant request to grant request.

Beyond just a picture though, the Matrix Map offers strategic options for board and staff to frame choices and make adjustments to strengthen their business model. Are you choosing the right mix of programs for mission impact and financial sustainability? At the conclusion, participants will leave with a tool they can use to engage staff and board in the pursuit of sustainability. Its use is a practice in which every nonprofit should engage its board once a year.