Terrific article by Mark Hager and Elizabeth Searing, published in Nonprofit Quarterly (NPQ).  Check out the link for the full article – I highly recommend that all nonprofits read it as a warning of what not to do:

Summary – 10 Ways to Kill Your Nonprofit:

  1. Overwhelm it with liabilitiesWeighed Down
  2. Operate in the red
  3. Poison the revenue mix
  4. Dehumanize your donors
  5. Stay forever young
  6. Cut your connections
  7. Stain your reputation
  8. Underinvest in infrastructure to support volunteers
  9. Chase dollars into competitive spaces; drive way from your mission
  10. Think that “good” is good enough

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