Download “Small, But Mighty: The PI For Small Nonprofits” to get a framework for becoming a high-performing nonprofit.
This short introductory document provides accessible entry points and specific tips for using the Performance Imperative (PI), a framework for social-sector excellence developed by the Leap of Reason Ambassadors Community. Leap of Reason developed the PI for leaders of organizations with revenue between $100,000 and $3 million: “We hope it serves as a guiding framework, whether you’re new to this journey or already on a path to continuous improvement. And, we’re confident that over time, your efforts will result in improved benefits for the people and causes you serve.”
Leap of Reason defines high performance as “the ability to deliver—over a prolonged period of time—meaningful, measurable, and financially sustainable results for the people or causes the organization is in existence to serve.” Its PI framework includes 7 pillars, which are explained in more detail in the guide:
Pillar 1: Courageous, adaptive executive and board leadership
Pillar 2: Disciplined, people-focused management
Pillar 3: Well-designed and well-implemented programs and strategies
Pillar 4: Financial health and sustainability
Pillar 5: A culture that values learning
Pillar 6: Internal monitoring for continuous improvement
Pillar 7: External evaluation for mission effectiveness
In this guide, you will also find:
Case studies that show you how other small nonprofits used the PI
Questions to illicit important discussions about impact and mission at your nonprofit
Suggested activities that will help your nonprofit evaluate its progress toward each pillar
Length: 11 pages Level: Intermediate
The creators of the Performance Imperative suggest finding modest, “bite-size” ways to begin using this guide and the Performance Imperative as a whole. “With a mindset for improvement, it’s important make the to decision to work toward high performance, start somewhere, and celebrate incremental progress,” they write in the guide.
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