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Evaluating Your Progress Towards Your Goals

By Heather Brown
September 09, 2015

Each nonprofit organization should set goals to reach just like any individual or business that plans to achieve certain expectations by the end of the month or year. Long term and short term goals should be implemented. Long term goals are the overall mission set by the nonprofit organization while the short term goals are the operating components that make the goal a possible achievement. In order to evaluate the progress of the goals set, there are various things to look into before the end result.

Nonprofit goals must be achievable within a fixed time frame in order to avoid failure or disappointment. Set a goal to be accomplished within a few short months rather than years. For fundraisers you will need a specific location. You may be able to have free rent depending on who supplies the space or receive a discount. The short term goal may be to fill up the space of donated food, clothing and other supplies needed specifically for the nonprofit organization. Another goal that can be set is adding about 100 families to the roster, ready for donating within the next month.

Evaluating your progress can be measured through the set goal in mind. If your nonprofit goals are set for adding 100 people within a month, but only 50 were added then you will know that you will need to gauge for 60 additional donators rather than 100 by the next month. If your goal is to meet a specific amount of money through donated items by the end of the month and you exceeded that amount, then gauge for more money the next time you decide to have a fundraiser.

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