Workshop #5: More Than Money – Identifying Organizational Strengths and Needs

Tuesday, December 8, 10:30 am-12:00 pm

The nonprofit sector is woefully under-resourced. As a result, many Executive Directors and Boards are constantly searching for ways to increase revenue to meet the needs of the day-to-day. Too often we (and others) define our success by the robustness of our business model and the strength of the balance sheet. However, there is more than one kind of strength just as there is more than one type of need.

This session presents an effective and time-efficient organizational assessment designed as a starting point for Leaders and Boards to identify their organization’s financial and non-financial strengths. In doing so, organizations will be able to understand the underlying areas of strength and areas that need investment. As a result, Leaders and Boards are better positioned to advocate for the resources – financial and otherwise – needed to support mission and strategy.


Register in advance for this program

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


About the Presenter

Sandi McKinley has more than 20 years of experience serving the nonprofit sector. In 2020, she founded SectorWind, a consulting firm that works with leaders and philanthropies to build financial strength and strategic resilience within nonprofit organizations. Prior to SectorWind, Sandi was Vice President, Advisory Services at Nonprofit Finance Fund where she was on staff for nearly 14 years. As a member of the Advisory Services Leadership team, and Chief of Practice, she was responsible for leading and managing the national consulting team and overseeing the services that were provided to nonprofits and funders. Throughout her tenue at NFF, she sought to ensure that NFF’s services reflected the needs of community-based organizations and counts among her many accomplishments the redesign of NFF’s consulting methodology, implementation of a data and knowledge function, integration of a regional structure to a national consulting practice and the ongoing evolution of the suite of services that NFF provides. She was responsible for the genesis of many NFF signature services including the Financial Leadership Clinic, program economics analysis, and original full cost methodology. Sandi had the pleasure of working with over 1,000 nonprofit clients which served to deepen her insight into the array of options and challenges that nonprofit leaders face related to management, strategy, and financial health. As a result, she is a sought-after authority on nonprofit finance and represented NFF at conferences and in the media.

Before joining NFF, Sandi provided strategic and philanthropic advice to foundations and family offices and their grantees. Prior to that, she served in leadership roles for the Institute of Contemporary Art, American Repertory Theater at Harvard University, and The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Sandi holds a Bachelor of Arts from Rosemont College and a Master of Business Administration from Simmons College School of Management, where she also serves as a faculty member. She serves on several nonprofit boards, and regularly speaks and writes about the role of nonprofit finance, strategic resilience, and the nature of money in the nonprofit sector. She is an avid hiker and resides outside of Boston with her husband, two teenage sons and five pets.


Building Resilient Nonprofits for our Region

As part of our commitment to support healthy and vibrant nonprofits during these difficult times, the SouthCoast Community Foundation, as a founding member of the Massachusetts Community Foundation Partnership, is proud to share the Partnership’s first list of workshops. We are excited to be able to bring these to you for free. These workshops are just one of several tools and resources we plan to bring you to address the needs of the nonprofit community you surfaced during our recent survey.


Massachusetts Community Foundations Partnership

A donor collaborative of Community Foundations in Massachusetts, partnering with nonprofit organizations to strengthen their missions, programs, and capacities to contribute to and provide a leadership voice toward stabilizing, re-envisioning, and rebuilding the nonprofit sector; connecting and strengthening community foundations for greater impact, and working together to deepen impact and lead on critical and common issues facing our communities and Massachusetts.

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