Nonprofit Organizational Design And Capacity

773 Words Apr 14th, 2016 4 Pages
Nonprofit Organizational Design The literature regarding nonprofit organizations concur that its origins are rooted in “traditions of charity, philanthropy, and voluntarism” (Peng, Pandey, & Pandey, 2015, p. 586). Thus, not unlike its for-profit counterparts, a mission statement is essential for a nonprofit to define the organization’s purpose and personifies the values and goals, in an effort to attract stakeholders and provide an accountability measure for performance (Paynter & Berner, 2014). An analysis of best practices by Liket and Moss (2015), deem nonprofits that have a clear and specific mission statement, which encapsulates the direct activities of the organization, have an increased probability of making an impact and achieving its goals. These authors also suggest that a nonprofit mission statement should specify the target group to be served, creating mission motivation, and preventing mission drift.
Organizational Design and Capacity Nonprofits, for the most part, are judged solely on performance. Their organizational capacity refers to how well they serve their constituent group, or achieve mission fulfillment (Paynter & Berner, 2014). Today’s nonprofits are faced with increasing demands for their service, while operating on dwindling funding support. Attainment of organizational capacity, or its hindrance, is dependent on multiple aspects such as structural design, effectiveness measures, sustainability of funding, as well as leadership. Paynter…
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