One of the most challenging situations your nonprofit organization can face is the need to expand. It is also an exciting challenge. Compared with the alternative of diminishing effectiveness and shrinking support, growth is a good thing. At least it means (usually) that your programs are having a positive impact and people are motivated about your organization’s cause.
But with expansion comes growing pains. To significantly increase your footprint or your scope (or both!) requires a huge commitment on the part of the leadership, members, staff and volunteers. When your organization is faced with opportunities that scream “Take action!”, there are critical things you must consider. In this post, we’re going to take a look at two scenarios: 1) location expansion and, 2) additions to program services. Knowing what to do in these situations can spell the difference between success and failure.