Many of the world’s most important and most perplexing challenges are being addressed by non-profit organizations every day.
Non-profit is a tax status, not an operating model. Meaning, a successful non-profit must also be run as an efficient business and the best-practices of business have great utility for non-profits as well.
Many of the business leaders we serve focus on wealth generation in large part to fund the non-profits they care about.
And finally…with a name like Cathedral Consulting, it might not surprise you to know that our roots as an organization were in serving non-profits and ministries.
We believe that “In God’s world, business done right is a blessing.”
And one of those blessings is the ability to direct non-profits to become well-run organizations who can make a great impact for good.
So…yes, the team at Cathedral loves non-profits too and our leaders serve on many non-profit boards themselves.
We use our experience in the operational areas of finance, recruiting, leadership development, and strategic planning to give non-profit organizations a steady foundation upon which they can build and thrive.
Getting Started is easy
Nearly all engagement with non-profit entities begin with an Organizational Assessment to provide a streamlined, candid and unbiased perspective of where the organization is right now.
Garnering support to initiate an assessment, interviewing the right people, ensuring the assessment is presented and reviewed the right way, and gaining consensus about current reality are key indicators of a successful Organizational Assessment.
An optional extension of the Organization Assessment process is to move right into a Strategic Planning offsite with the board and key organizational leaders. Strategy empowers an organization to focus on their core mission and avoid potential distractions.
We recommend a facilitated approach that includes a 1 ½ – 2 days offsite culminating in strategic plan that includes clear direction, strategic initiatives and a 1,3, and 5-year financial model tied to the strategy.
Having moved from assessment into strategy we’ve made it to the fun part. Execution. The main difference between people and organizations that truly make an impact and reach their potential can be boiled down to one factor – execution. Up until the point of execution, the only thing we have is idealistic intention. A good prerequisite, but a hollow substitute for results.
General Executive Counsel
Cathedral offers a monthly implementation program called General Executive Counsel which is specifically designed for leaders of non-profits and ministries.
Every month Cathedral facilitates a 90-minute General Executive Counsel meeting with your leadership team (and sometimes the board chair) to review current and projected financial status, fundraising plans, donor and constituent relations, and strategic topics that influence the key operational functions of a non-profit organization.
New IRS reporting requirements have done non-profits a favor by forcing them to acknowledge that a not-for-profit business has three elements that need to be addressed financially and operationally.
- Financial Review
- P&L (Statement of Activities)
- Balance Sheet (Statement of Financial Position)
- Cash Flow Statement (Statement of Cash Flows)
- Development and Fundraising (Using Cathedral’s MIDBI™ Fundraising model)
- Major Donor Cultivation
- Individual Donations
- Donor Database
- Board of Directors
- Institutions (Foundations/Grant Writing)
- Progress Towards Initiatives
- As defined in the budget or strategic plan
- Board of Directors
- Board Development
- A Non-Profit leadership Topic of the Month
- Action Items and Schedules