Housecall Providers, Youthbuilders among MMT December grant awardees

Congratulations to To the Point clients Housecall Providers and Portland Youthbuilders, who were among the group of nonprofits that Meyer Memorial Trusted selected for its December grant awards. Housecall Providers serves medically fragile patients, making housecalls to these homebound people and providing hospice care. Youthbuilders serves 17-24-year-old students who are struggling to complete school. For a complete list of the recipients, clickMeyer Grant Recipients.

How to keep the flame alive

Because we work with many nonprofit organizations, we often hear tales of serious burnout, of mission drift, of high turnover and of stagnation rather than growth.

One blogger we really enjoy is Sasha Dichter. She recently addressed this issue of how a nonprofit renews itself—because all go through periods when a plateau seems to have been reached, or when a couple steps back have been taken. The challenge becomes: How do we get everyone moving again with the same passion we had way back when?

This post addresses the issue head on. But read further. Dig into the comments left by Sasha’s readers. They are thoughtful, full of both hope and despair. Any nonprofit manager should be looking for this kind of feedback from her or his own staff, to take the temperature of the organization before that temperature either spikes too high or drops into a lethargic frigid zone.