4 Reasons Why Culture is so Important in Your Non-Profit

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    The culture in each organization is different and dependent on so many factors. But it is the culture that shapes the internal operations of your organizations. Culture can make or break your organization.

    Recently, while working on a white paper about how to shape your organization’s culture, I realized how extremely important culture is to every non-profit achieving their goals and planned outcomes. That white paper will be available shortly through our online store, so watch for it. The reasons why culture is so important are:

    • Overview of entire organization – The culture of an organization is decided by the personalities, policies and procedures of an organization.
    • Internal balance – For an organization to be successful, its culture must have internal balance. That means that the policies, procedures and people involved do not lean too much one way or another, but complement what the goals of the organization are.
    • Defines relationships – An organization’s culture includes how they (the staff) work with clients, other community groups, agencies and funders.
    • Impacts communication – Each organization, depending on its culture, creates its own jargon that is unique to their organization. This means that the way the organization communicates internally and externally is impacted by its culture.


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    By Ingrid Zacharias, Managing Director, Envisioning the Future International, Email: izacharias@envisioningthefutureintl.ca Website: http://envisioningthefutureintl.ca/