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Link: Collaborations and Partnerships: My Non-profit Journey (Sofia Crisp)

Each new stage of a non-profit organization’s growth requires, I feel, a strategic re-channeling of the organization’s energy. Quite simply, the startup vision which allowed the non-profit to take root, and emerge as a viable venture, can lose its impact once the organization is up and running. I’ve seen too many accomplished, visionary leaders taken ‘out of the game’ by underestimating the virtue of collaboration as they grow. Much like Shakepeare’s Julius Caesar, they have a character flaw which holds them back. As the funds for nonprofits continue to decrease, the need for partnering and collaborating has become a necessity”.

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You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated.   In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.

Maya Angelou (1928 – 2014), Poet/Writer/Civil Rights Activist

I am a slow walker, but I never walk back”.

Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States

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Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.”

James Baldwin


Your challenges: Face them, don’t deny them

LINK: The Life of a Non-profit: Growth & Growing Pains (Robin Morgan)

“A lot of non-profits hit the middle stage of growth – and the vexing growing pains which go with it . . . Some organizations grow to this stage, suffer growing pains, and then get stuck! They reach a plateau, a middle stage plateau, and stay stuck there. They never move forward. Some non-profits, however, do move forward.”

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With the growth of a non-profit come changes, some unexpected, and growing pains.  As Sofia Crisp shares in this post, leaders of emerging non-profits should ‘be careful what they ask for’.  If a growing non-profit organization’s resources are at risk of being overwhelmed, a leader will have capacity challenge on their hands.

In this Series, My Non-profit Journey: What I Wish I Knew When I Started, eight leadership wishes shared by Sofia Crisp with Your Outcomes Well are being explored.

  • Crisp is the Executive Director/Founder of Housing Consultants Group, Greensboro NC.
  • This blog post will explore: Growing Pains for Growing Non-profits.

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