Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one's favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.

—William Hutchinson Murray (1913–1996, Scottish Mountaineer and Writer) ending with a couplet loosely attributed to Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749–1832) German Writer and Polymath)


Lonesome Path

NPO Premier services focus on capacity development and enhancement. Increasing capacity necessarily results in the organization's ability to achieve new levels of excellence and service to its stakeholders. Sometimes the path to success is a little lonesome. NPO Premier can help guide your organization along the path to greatness.

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Strategic Planning for Sustainability

With emphasis is on organizational capacity development, areas of particular importance are:

  • Development and refinement of mission, vision and values
  • Assessment of overall organizational capacity using rigorous analytical tools
  • Strategic planning methodology that is inclusive, comprehensive and realistic
  • Building an effective board
  • Partnerships to leverage resources
  • Volunteer recruiting and management for effective impact
Financial Planning and Administration

Common administrative functions are addressed as both necessary for compliance and essential for effective management.

  • Developing a long-term financial plan
  • Establishment of timely and informative accounting measures
  • Measurement of program outcomes
  • Fund accounting procedures and reporting mechanisms
  • Options for managing finance and accounting functions
Strategies to Diversify Funding

Emphasis is given to the emerging importance of funding diversification.

  • Fee-based sources of revenue
    • Memberships and affiliate organizations
    • Tickets
    • Thrift shops and branded merchandise
    • Education: Lessons, Workshops, etc.
  • Fundraising activities
    • Overall planning and calendar preparation
    • Annual fund
    • Major gifts
    • Grants
    • Events
  • Using new media and the internet
Marketing and Public Awareness Strategies
  • Traditional marketing activities
    • Positioning your program and developing a brand
    • Identifying and reaching your target audiences
  • Utilization of new media and the internet
    • Mailing lists and their development, maintenance, segmentation and utilization
    • Social Networking such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube
    • Graphic resources such as photographs, vector graphics, print layouts and other imaging
    • Web sites and web pages either static or interactive
    • Video and audio resources used primarily for communications and audience engagement