You probably think it’s because you don’t have enough money to operate as you want.
The truth is, you may be dying a slow death through program paralysis.
Think about analyzing your programs to see if they are in this category. Here are seven discussion questions that might help you answer the question.
- When we started this program, did we envision it would be where it is today?
- Has the program become self-sustaining or do we struggle to feed the money-monster all the time?
- Is the cost analysis of the time our staff and volunteers spend on this positive?
- What impact will there be on our organization if we stop this program?
- Who beyond staff and board should be involved in this decision?
- Could this program be handled better by another organization and should we approach such candidates?
- Can participants in this program be incorporated into some of our other activities to avoid bad PR?
Frankly, we all continue doing things “because we’ve always done it that way” and the results of that thinking are very costly.
No matter whether you are providing social services, education, entertainment, sports, animals or health, I bet it’s time for some tough decisions… and tough love.
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