Let’s be honest. It’s easy to lose track of time while running a nonprofit. 

You have millions of to-do’s on your mind at all times, and even though you want to be on top of it all, it’s just not possible.

Don’t worry. Whether it’s the start of a new year, you’re gearing up for another quarter, or you’ve lost track of time altogether – it’s never too late to start setting clear goals. 

Read on to learn how to set clear goals! 

Why Goal Setting Matters

Setting clear goals translates into how you and your team communicate internally and externally, causing partnerships and funding prospects to better align with your desired outcomes.

It’s also a fantastic opportunity for team building and personal growth. 

When you stop viewing Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) just as data for performance reviews and instead start seeing them as opportunities for individuals to take ownership of their contributions, magical things can happen. Team members who understand you’re all working towards a clear, shared purpose are more motivated to play their part.

Involving the whole team in the goal-setting process can also fuel team trust and reignite the passion that brought you all to this important work in the first place. 

Tips for Setting Great Goals

  1. Prioritize and Document

Prioritizing and documenting your goals is key. Even if you do nothing else, start here.

Remember, it’s perfectly valid – and even encouraged – to shape your goals around your boundaries and family priorities. People often feel guilty about doing this, but shouldn’t. The world needs you at your best, and you need energy and resilience to get there. 

  1. Delegate and Know Your Limits

You’re human. It’s impossible to do everything on your own despite your best efforts. Acknowledge your strengths, focus on them, and delegate the rest. It’s okay not to be a master at everything. Outsourcing help can get you closer to your goals with less effort and headache. 

  1. Align Goals with Your Mission

As you set goals and assess your partnerships, don’t fall into the trap of solely fulfilling other peoples’ goals. Funding and partnerships should always be mutually beneficial. 

Make sure you prioritize your organization, its mission, and its clients, and don’t let others’ goals eclipse your own. 

  1. Celebrate Milestones

It’s so important to acknowledge and celebrate accomplishing goals. Although often overlooked, celebrations motivate your team and let them know your efforts are meaningful and appreciated. 

It’s also an excellent opportunity to invite joy and fun into your work – and doesn’t that make it all worth it? 

We want to know – what’s one goal you have for the coming year? Let us know in the comments below!