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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Demystifying Financial Sustainability: Webinar and Clinics

Demystifying Financial Sustainability: Webinar and Clinics with CompassPoint Nonprofit Services – Register Now!


Sustainability Clinic: Tuesday, November 18th 9 am -4 pm and Wednesday, November 19th 9 am-4 pm (Repeat Sessions)

Participants must have either attended the October 21st webinar or listened to the recording in full (please visit our Resources page to access the recording). The clinic will help attendees put the finance and sustainability concepts covered in the webinar into practice in their organizations. Teams of 2-4 leaders from your organization will spend the day together doing the work of defining sustainability for your organization, analyzing the strengths and weakness of your current business model, and outlining key decisions that need to be made to deepen your impact and financial health.

This hands-on clinic is for teams that including the executive director (mandatory) and 2-3 other key leaders from board and/or staff. All attendee teams will get support in using the Matrix Map template to create a visual analysis of their current business model.

Fees for the workshop are based on the number of participants: $175 for a team of two and $250 for teams of three or four participants. Lunch will be provided and attendees will receive a workbook with samples and templates. Registration will be accepted on a first-come first-serve basis. Payment is required at the time of registration. Registration is final and refunds will not be issued.

The clinics will be held on Tuesday, November 18th and Wednesday, November 19th, 9 am-4 pm at the Greater New Orleans Foundation located at 1055 St. Charles Avenue, Suite 100. These are repeat sessions – sign up for only one of the sessionsClick here to register. Please contact Mandi Cambre at if you need additional information. These clinics are sponsored in part by funding from JPMorgan Chase.