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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Tri-State Community Foundation Sustainability Clinic

  • Weber's Ann Arbor Hotel 3050 Jackson Rd Ann Arbor, MI, 48103 United States (map)

Community foundation team leaders from Michigan, Indiana and Ohio are invited to join CompassPoint’s CEO, Jeanne Bell, author of three books on nonprofit finance and sustainability including The Sustainability Mindset (to be published October 2014) for a hands-on, team-based sustainability clinic. Teams of 2-4 leaders from each foundation will spend the day together doing the work of defining sustainability in your context, analyzing the strengths and weakness of their current business model, and outlining key decisions that need to be made to deepen their foundation’s impact and financial health. By design, this clinic may not be attended by a single participant; only teams may participate to ensure that critical work gets done and a cohort of leaders bring a shared analysis and identified next steps back to their foundations. All attendee teams will get support in using the business model analysis tool called the Matrix Map, which is central to Jeanne’s books and approach, to create a customized, visual analysis of their current business model. Participants will also receive a copy of the new book with registration materials)

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