Learn how to improve cross-functional collaboration in your non-profit.
Now more than ever, nonprofit leaders are discovering that their organizations need to find ways to make a significant impact with limited resources. In fact, due to the pandemic, program revenues from large gatherings suffered, individual and household giving has decreased, and 13 percent of the nonprofit workforce was laid off.
One of the biggest challenges for nonprofit organizations facing a limited workforce and tight budget constraints is how to effectively work together. The answer to this challenge frequently comes down to technology, as executive directors and business owners have been forced to find better ways to do business. Nonprofits must streamline collaboration and become more tech-savvy with data sources.
Cross-functional collaboration is the ability for people from different organizational departments to work together toward a common goal (rather than individually or against each other). For example, the donor relation team can work with the email marketing team to tap into opportunities to further solicit new subscribers.
- Improve information sharing
- Reduce inefficiencies
- Drive broader social change
- Decrease costs and increase return on investment (ROI)
- Enhance employee and volunteer retention
Data centralization is the process of compiling information together from multiple sources into a single location, so it’s easily accessible. As a business grows, so does the amount of data. The data is usually in multiple formats and runs on different software, making it difficult to use. As such, it’s clear to see how centralization can benefit 75% of nonprofits using various digital tools to manage their data.
- Streamlines processes to support collaboration
- Provides transparency across the entire organization
- Minimizes risk of inaccuracies and redundancies
- Improves tracking and optimization of business strategies
- Controls the creation, storage, and use of data for higher-level security
Suppose your employees from different departments are targeting donors and gathering data. For one, each department is unaware of what the other is doing. Two, all the valuable data can’t be shared or analyzed. As a result, the nonprofit misses out on being able to uncover new opportunities and make sound decisions, not to mention the inefficiency and ineffectiveness of working in departmental silos.
This new way of sharing knowledge and information is very powerful. A centralized approach provides insight into how every department operates. This allows teams to collaborate on innovative ideas, encourages more engagement, and boosts morale. Empowering staff and stakeholders translates into a greater capacity to deliver on your organization’s mission.