You are not alone. When it comes to getting an objective view of your organization’s operations, most nonprofit executives and board members are too close to judge. One of the hardest parts is determining where the gaps are and what to do about them.
Until very recently, the only real option was to have a subject-matter expert conduct a formal assessment. Aside from being very disruptive, taking months to complete and costing thousands of dollars, their results are always limited by their specific expertise and firm’s capabilities.
The good news is that you can now quickly identify your operational competency gaps and what needs to be done next. By combining nonprofit best practices and the use of simple artificial intelligence, you can now measure 60 operational practices and know the three most important things you can do to improve your operational competency in less than 60 minutes.
Measuring competence against Best Practices or prescribed industry standards takes all the guesswork out.
My business partner, CPA and attorney, Bob Lipps and I have had a front row seat to this issue for decades. As nonprofit executives, board members and funders, we were completely frustrated until we decided to do something about it. We felt strongly that a viable solution was attainable and that to create the best tools, certain criteria was non-negotiable.
- It had to be developed for Nonprofit professionals and practitioners by Nonprofit professionals and practitioners.
- It had to deliver the greatest value with the smallest investment of time and money for any nonprofit, regardless of size or specialty.
- It had to cover all areas of nonprofit operations, and leverage proven Best Practices and smart technologies.
After thousands of hours of research, writing, review and testing from over 30 dedicated nonprofit executives and practitioners, funders, industry professionals and nonprofits of all sizes and specialty, a suite of smart online tools to measure and improve your nonprofit’s operational effectiveness was created.
OpX360® is like a $50,000+ consulting engagement without the cost or the weeks of discovery involved. Instead the program is comprised of six online modules; one for each of the areas of operations of a nonprofit organization. Each OpX360® module has 60 Best Practice statements based on proven industry standards to help your nonprofit determine your current level of competence in any of the six operational areas of their organization.
The tool also gives you a score that you can measure and improve, helps you to understand the consequences for non-performance and what you can immediately do to improve any areas that are underperforming.
The premise is simple: Nonprofits want more funding. Funders want more confidence. More confidence comes from demonstrated operational competence. Funders with more confidence give more. Operational competence can be measured and improved with OpX360®.
Within one hour of completing any of the six modules, you will receive an Executive Briefing designed to be shared with your executives, board or funders and a 70+ page Detailed Report addressing all 60 Best Practice statements for the person or team responsible for the specific area of operations.
CPA and Nonprofit Leader Jim McKee said, “We’ve paid consultants many thousands of dollars in recent years. For a fraction of the cost, OpX360® provided us with more focused feedback, recommendations, and actionable steps for improvement than our consultants ever have.”
Any of these assessments can be taken individually or together, depending on the needs of your organization.
The six areas of nonprofit operations are:
- Finance & Accounting
- Governance, Legal & Risk Management
- Fundraising, Marketing & Communications
- Program Management & Accountability
- People & Organizational Development
- Business Systems, IT & Facilities
OpX360® is available with tiered and bundled pricing in order to provide access to the largest number of nonprofit organizations regardless of size. For more information, please visit www.opx360.com. Partial and full scholarships are also available.
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For more thought leadership on nonprofit Best Practices, measurement and how to achieve operational excellence, please visit The Global Center for Nonprofit Excellence® where Nonprofits, Funders and Recognized Experts work together for the greatest impact. We make nonprofits better. We can help yours.