Running a non-profit organization that makes a positive impact on the world is a noble dream. Many people dream about doing it, but few have the courage and fortitude to actually attempt it. Those that do often realize that running a non-profit is much harder than they ever imagined. It takes a lot of hard work, determination and smarts to make a non-profit organization a success. To help you achieve your mission, here are three tips for NPO success.

1. Have a Clearly Defined Mission

You should be able to sum up your NPO’s mission in as few words as possible. Keeping your mission statement to ten words or less is ideal. When your organization has a tightly defined objective, you are much more likely to achieve success. It also helps when it comes time to explain what your NPO does to potential donors. They do not want to be overwhelmed by a long, boring explanation. If you can tell them in a few words what your NPO’s goal is, people will be more likely to donate since they understand clearly what their money is going towards.

2. Improve Your Skills and Qualifications

Before you start up an NPO, you need to take a good look in the mirror and perform a thorough, honest assessment of your qualifications. Not everyone has the necessary skills and expertise to successfully run an NPO. If you are unsure of your ability to run the organization, you will have a hard time succeeding. To build your expertise and confidence, it is a good idea to pursue education. Getting an advanced degree is always a plus. A master of public administration degree can really be helpful when pursuing this line of work. Masters in social work degrees can also help you succeed. A masters in management will also be useful for those planning on running an NPO.

3. Over-Deliver

Donations are the lifeblood of successful NPOs. If you want to make your NPO successful, one of the smartest things you can do is to never promise too much. If you constantly under-promise and over-deliver, you will always exceed your donors’ expectations. This will keep the donations flowing. Whatever you do, avoid making promises that will be difficult to keep. Once you start to fail to keep promises, your donations will shrivel up.

Running a successful NPO is one of the most rewarding career paths imaginable. You won’t magically find success with an NPO. It takes an incredible amount of persistence and sacrifice. Make sure that you are dedicated to your cause before you venture down this rocky, rewarding path.

About Meghan Belnap:

Meghan Belnap is a freelance writer who enjoys spending time with her family. She loves being in the outdoors and exploring new opportunities whenever they arise. Meghan finds happiness in researching new topics that help to expand her horizons. You can often find her buried in a good book or out looking for an adventure.