I received an email from a friend recently, asking the simple question “what matters?” in the context of a poll that board members of a local nonprofit were putting out to their networks.
She asked for 3-5, but the question was so open-ended, I wasn’t even sure where to start and finally organized my thoughts into two categories: what I think matters for nonprofits to be doing and what issues I think matter most right now. I’ve shared them below to give some context around why I do what I do and to hopefully start a conversation about why you do what you do and what you think matters.
What matters to you and how does that connect to what you do? Please leave a comment and let me know!
What nonprofits should do
- Ensuring client’s needs are met effectively
- Empowering people to sustain themselves
- Advocating for the resources needed to serve clients, and for solutions that reduce a need for services by accomplishing #2
- Tracking and demonstrating impact
- Building capacity, investing in admin, and developing a sustainable revenue strategy
- Empowering people to financial stability (job creation, living wages, CORI reform, financial literacy, family planning, healthy & affordable eating, progressive taxes)
- Healthy communities (affordable, accessible healthcare; robust community-based human service programs; education around healthy eating; safe water and environment; adequate)
- Safe communities (community policing, extended learning opportunities, wrap around services, outreach workers, job training)
- Education (extended learning, longer school days, safe learning environment, adequate resources, adequate pay & staffing, parent participation, interdisciplinary curriculum)
- Community (improving cultural competency, restoring civil society.. and civility, fostering an inclusive society, ending discrimination, finding fair solutions to immigration, community centers)
- Better government (transparency, campaign finance reform / public financing, citizen participation, voter access & participation)