1. Run Your Nonprofit Like a For-Profit: Strategies to Enhance Effectiveness & Mission Success

Run Your Nonprofit Like a For-Profit: Strategies to Enhance Effectiveness & Mission Success

Run Your Nonprofit Like a For-Profit: Strategies to Enhance Effectiveness & Mission Success
Event ID: 40098
Session ID: 14068

Duration: 90 minutes including question and answer session.
Presenter(s): Lynn Ivey, nonprofit consultant
Price: $299.00, 
On-Demand includes full audio presentation, question and answer session and presentation slides.
Who Should Attend? CEOs, executive directors, marketing directors, community relations coordinators, volunteer coordinators, program managers, supervisors, outreach & education managers, board members

While most nonprofits understand that they need to focus on efficiency and productivity in order to achieve their missions, not all understand how to do this. Furthermore, in order to achieve ultimate success or “profitability” – however, that is measured – nonprofits must shift the paradigm in which they operate and begin thinking like for-profits. Most high performing organizations share a particular mindset that helps them succeed, and the ultimate winners are those enterprises that are constantly distinguishing themselves from the competition. Such a corporate business model has a practical application within the nonprofit sector too. For example, this can take the form of recruiting and managing talent, gathering and maintaining metrics, innovating, marketing strategically, enforcing accountability, competitively pursuing donors and so on. No matter what your organization’s business objectives might be, operating within such a culture can make the difference between not reaching your mission and exceeding it.

Please join Lynn Ivey, nonprofit consultant, to learn more about how high performing nonprofits operate and how to develop a “for-profit” mindset for yours. With careful application of key approaches, you can increase your impact, achieve a greater scale, and continue to transform your organization and serve your community.


Just a sampling of the many practical tips you’ll take away:

  • Understand the 5 Important Questions for driving organizational excellence
  • How to manage your nonprofit “like a for-profit business”
  • Identify the metrics for measuring what counts, and achieving and reporting results
  • Understand ways to actively and efficiently promote your organization and your brand
  • Find key strategies for professionalizing your marketing and development efforts
  • Review best practices for demonstrating your accountability and transparency
  • Discuss practical methods to demonstrate your value
  • Discover the importance of learning and adapting
  • Understand areas where investing more can result in greater payoffs
  • Maintaining your nonprofit’s “heart” while shifting into a more corporate model
  • Learn key areas for innovation
  • Discuss the importance of accountability
  • Evaluate risk and its place in your organization


Your conference leader for “Run Your Nonprofit Like a For-Profit: Strategies to Enhance Effectiveness & Mission Success” is Lynn Ivey. Ms. Ivey is a consultant to nonprofit organizations. Her nonprofit experience spans more than 20 years and includes prior nonprofit positions with healthcare, education, and family support/intervention programs. Her roles have been diverse including that of the administrator of one of South Carolina’s largest nonprofit hospice programs. In addition she has held a variety of other nonprofit positions including: director and coordinator of volunteer programs, personnel manager, social worker, and preschool director. Ms. Ivey holds licenses as a social worker and long-term care administrator. Because of her wealth of first-hand experience both in senior nonprofit executive and volunteer positions, Ms. Ivey is a sought-after speaker and has presented at many national and state conferences, and regional meetings. Ms. Ivey has also served as a clinical instructor and staff trainer. Ms. Ivey also has a wealth of experience as a volunteer. Her volunteer experiences include: women’s shelters, a theater company, U.S. Navy Family Service Center, and scouting. Most recently she has held volunteer positions serving on the National Council of Hospice and Palliative Professionals CEO Steering Committee, South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control Cancer Control Advisory Committee, South Carolina Association of Residential Care Homes Board of Directors, to mention only a few.

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