Yes, it’s true – the actual “work” of your nonprofit is the most important activity that must be kept in focus at all times. But how are you funding your work? For those of us not fortunate enough to be endowed with funds that cover all our costs, the answer is fundraising. You can’t wait until the end of the year to start this: you have to make it a consistent priority so that you have the resources you need to focus on your work instead of focusing on how to do more with less, or “make do.” You’re worthy of the resources you need to live into your mission and vision. What you need is focus, and that can be accomplished by establishing milestones and referencing them as a guide.
Think about it this way: for some organizations a project can last six months; for others the duration can be five years. When you have milestones in place you give your team an incentive, a sense of accomplishment, and a reason to stay committed.
Here are a few items that you can consider as you develop your milestones. Review these, use those that will work for you, and add to the list. Most importantly, set a date for each milestone, and define who will take the lead in ensuring you are on track to reach these. Download this WORD file we developed for you, and use it as a starting point. Keep it simple and stay focused.