Plan

Help Your Organization or Grantees Focus, Plan, and Strategize

“No Margin, No Mission gave us the education and skills to grow our revenue.”

–Matt Phillips, Volunteers of America-Western Washington

 

At No Margin, No Mission, we understand the unique circumstances, challenges, and needs of nonprofits and the foundations that support them. That’s why we’ve tailored our portfolio of innovative and practical offerings to help organizations in the social sector build diversified revenue, expand their impact, and build a lasting future. We value entrepreneurship, innovation, and business strategy in the work we do, and look forward to the prospect of sharing our approach with your organization so you’re better able to do the work you do.

Of course, if your organization has specific needs or topic areas that we haven’t addressed in any of our offerings, we’d like to hear from you. Just email us at info@nomarginnomission.org with a brief description of what you’re looking for, and we’ll get back to you quickly.

Our Offerings

BUILDING A POWERFUL BRAND AND MARKETING PLAN
Effective branding and marketing can build the equity of your organization and intellectual assets among important stakeholders, resulting in greater financial return and mission impact. Whether you need a powerful brand or marketing strategy, distinctive visual brand identity, or all three, we can help you reach your goals. Our user-friendly templates, tools, resources, and expertise will help you quickly develop a powerful plan that will deliver impact and lasting results.

BUSINESS PLANNING TO INCREASE MARGIN AND MISSION
In order to build a lasting future for your organization, it’s important that you consider its financial and social bottom lines. Whether it’s taking a look at a broad business plan for your entire organization, or one that’s focused on a product, program, or service, there’s tremendous value in taking a more disciplined approach. With a business plan in place, you’ll not only build your internal business capacity, but you’ll also create diversified revenue sources. Our business planning template, expertise, and hands-on approach will help you create a strategic document with ease and efficiency that is ready for implementation and results.

NEW!! ACCELERATED BUSINESS PLAN BUILDER

This new business planning approach allows us to compress the normal 12-14 week development schedule into 5 days (1 full-day plus 4 half-days) of intense onsite work, during which time we engage with a small client team to write and complete a first draft earned income business plan. This is a great solution for organizations that are ready to take their product or service to market quickly.

CREATING A NEW EARNED INCOME ACTIVITY OR SOCIAL ENTERPRISE
One way your organization can diversify its revenue sources is to develop earned-income offerings in the form of products, programs, or services. Whether it’s slogan-based merchandise, a sponsored running race, online webinars, consulting, or any number of other entrepreneurial activities, we can help you identify the ones that are right for your organization. Through a facilitated half or full-day session we can help you brainstorm a number of revenue-generating ideas and determine which ones have the greatest income potential. With a longer consulting engagement, we can also help you develop a business plan with strategies to deliver margin and mission to your organization.

COMMUNICATIONS PLANNING AND OUTREACH TO INCREASE MARGIN AND MISSION
Organizations that have PR and Communications strategies in place are better able to build and grow their brand visibility and awareness, resulting in greater interest, recognition, and action among key stakeholders. With our user-friendly template, tools, resources, and expertise, we’ll help you’ll quickly develop a powerful communications plan that will contribute to the financial and social impact of your organization.

DEVELOPING AN ENTREPRENEURIAL BOARD
Creating an entrepreneurial organization starts with building a Board that values entrepreneurship, innovation, and appropriate business practices in the social sector. With thoughtful planning and implementation, you can put the ideal board in place to support the desired evolution and growth of your organization. Let us facilitate a process that will assess your Board’s current skills and strengths, identify relevant gaps in knowledge and expertise, and help you prepare a plan that is sure to provide significant impact.

GENERATING REVENUE FROM AN EXISTING PRODUCT, PROGRAM, OR SERVICE
If your organization currently offers trainings, curriculum, workshops, specialized knowledge and expertise, public speaking, or any number of other activities without charging for them, you may be missing out on valuable revenue-generating opportunities. Through a facilitated half or full-day session, we can help you inventory your existing intellectual assets and determine which ones have the greatest earned-income potential. With a longer consulting engagement, we can help you develop a business plan with strategies to build financial value into your mission-rich offerings.

SCENARIO PLANNING: IDENTIFYING OPTIONS FOR THE FUTURE OF YOUR ORGANIZATION
The success of your organization today doesn’t necessarily guarantee its success for tomorrow. Looking out to the future, it’s important to consider trends, changing market conditions, and other external factors that may necessitate a refinement or shift in your organizational strategy to meet changing market needs. Through a half or full-day facilitated session, we’ll guide you through a series of thoughtful, strategic, and highly engaging exercises that will result in a small list of alternative strategic scenarios for the future growth of your organization.

STRATEGIC PLANNING: BUILDING A LASTING FUTURE
Charting the future direction of your organization is critical to knowing where you’re going and what steps you’ll take to get there. We can help you build a powerful strategic plan that will serve as a blueprint for your organization’s future growth. With our strategic planning template, expertise, and hands-on approach, you’ll create a strategic document with ease and efficiency that is ready for implementation and results.