In the nonprofit world, we are always looking for growth opportunities. Whether that may be growth in services and programs, staff, funding, or even personal growth. We are always thinking of new ideas and strategies on how to get to the next level.
Traditional methods of growth involve determining the obstacles and then strategizing how to address those issues and then move on. You resolve one problem to move to the next. And then the next. And then next. You stay in the cycle of putting out fires and never have the opportunity to focus on what your organization is exceptional at.
Most consultants will conduct "needs assessments" to determine what issues your organization is facing and then give their recommendations on how to resolve those issues. But, what if I told you, it's possible for your organization to successfully grow without those out-dated assessments and assumptions!
Redefining growth is how to define growth in a non-traditional lens. It allows us to focus on your organization's success rather than focusing on what needs to change.
Using aspects of your organization's success as a foundation for growth will organically develop positive change, rather than forced change.
How? Let's take a look.
What Does "Redefining Growth" Mean?
SEED-SCALE, offered by Future Generations University, is a social change approach, distinctive in presenting how change emerges from inside groups of people (or the community of people). It offers a more organic approach to internal development, rather than relying on outside-driven change.
THE SEED-SCALE SYSTEM
HOW SEED-SCALE APPLIES TO NONPROFITS
I use the terms "organization" and "community" interchangeably. An organization is a community. A community is a group of people who share common interests, mission, and goals.
Sounds like your organization, right?
Using the SEED-SCALE approach to overcome your organization's obstacles, provides an opportunity for your organization to ignite the flame within. SEED-SCALE is more of a holistic approach compared to the traditional approach of overcoming community needs.
Traditional methods of social change are costly because they take more time, more resources, and can be short-sighted.
SEED-SCALE focuses on what resources your organization already has, incorporates what skills are already present, and constructs organization-specific solutions.
This approach is best for organizations that are looking to redefine their brand or redefine their internal community, willing to ask the question, "how do we grow from here?" no matter what season your organization is facing.
As your organization's consultant, I will guide your organization thought the SEED-SCALE process so your organization can grow naturally and approach obstacles in a more holistic view.