Organizational Sustainability

What Is Organizational Sustainability?

Such being the case, a sustainability plan will have to address all these elements and ensure that they work in harmony.

In summary, sustainability includes the following:

  1. Clear purpose and vision. Clear purpose and vision statements are part of an organization‘s strategic or long-term plan. An organizational statement of purpose expresses the reason for its existence, or a void it wishes to fill, while a vision statement defines what an organization wants to see or become. These are expressed in further detail in an organization‘s mission and goal statements. More
  2. Effective Leadership and Board. An organization must have leaders—normally its Board of Trustees, who can inspire and help the staff accomplish the organization‘s vision, mission and goals. More
  3. Effective programs. Effective programs are the concrete actions or activities that enable the organization to achieve its vision. Hence, they must be consistent with the vision and mission and statements, and must be practical, doable, relevant, and measurable. More
  4. Sound Financial System. A sustainable organization has a financial system that enables it to carry out its operations. A sound financial system includes good record-keeping, an accounting system that can be subjected to audit, and policies that ensure expenses are legitimate and within the organization‘s means (budget). More
  5. Adequate Resources. Non-profits must learn various ways to mobilize human and financial resources to ensure continuity of operations, especially those that are already available in their communities. Aside from preparing proposals, these could include inviting volunteers, working with socio-civic groups, tapping the expertise of professionals including inviting them to sit on the Board of Trustees, engaging in social enterprises, and similar fund-raising activities, or involving the community in projects. More
  6. Supportive Stakeholders. Stakeholders are individuals or groups who have an interest or influence on, or who might be affected either positively or negatively by, the operations of an organization. Their concerns must be properly addressed and their support be solicited as much as possible. More
  7. Networking and Partnership. With limited resources, non-profits more often than not are unable to address all the concerns or solve all the problems they face. Other groups may be engaged in the same endeavor; and to maximize resources, a non-profit should consider partnering with other organizations or networks. More