Happy New Year and here's to new beginnings

new yearAs the curtain falls on 2015 and a new year bursts onto the stage, I can’t help getting excited for countless non-profit organizations across this great land of ours. As many of you know, I am a planner by training with both a BAUP and MUP from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Embedded in every planner’s soul are ideas such as:

  • vision casting
  • goal setting
  • strategy development
  • tactical action planning

You can boil it all down into two words . . .

Direction Setting

In my opinion, New Years Eve is all about direction setting both individually and organizationally. Some of us make resolutions about weight loss, health, career path, etc. Sometimes organizational leaders set goals around revenue, programming or culture change.
My new years wish for all DonorDreams blog readers is that regardless of how many plans (e.g. strategic plan, RD Plan, board development plan, etc) your organization may operate with, you take a moment on this special day and decide what one or two things you plan on really changing in 2016.
I suspect this laser focus on one or two things will bring you great results in the new year!
What organizational change do you plan on making in 2016? Please share your thoughts and plans using the comment box below.
Here’s to your health (and happy new year)!
Erik Anderson
Founder & President, The Healthy Non-Profit LLC


  1. My major focus for 2016 is to bring my agency up to speed with CRM, which for us includes donors, frenemies, sponsors, and partners. We are small enough to be able to skate by, but the truth is that we could save so much time by really focusing on using technology to gather all of our knowledge. It will permit us to be masters of our future.

    1. CRM is a great focus for any non-profit organization. Best of luck in becoming “masters of your future” and thanks for sharing your 2016 direction with the DonorDreams community.

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