The Importance of Project Management for Nonprofit Organizations

Project Management

Nonprofit organizations are an under-appreciated sector of the economy, responsible for over ten percent of national employment and contributing roughly 40 percent of all human services. However, project management is not widely utilized in this sector […] The nonprofit sector is one in which there are huge opportunities for project management professionals to contribute to the good of their society and world.

– Project Management Institute

Today’s nonprofit organizations tend to focus on big goals, yet many times, they lack the necessary resources to accomplish them. For nonprofits to gain control of their goal strategy, it is crucial that they leverage project management techniques. Also, do not to stop short of including software or other tools into the mix that will increase your organization’s reach and productivity. Whether it is Waterfall, Agile, or Lean project management, any of these techniques will improve the way your organization undergoes its internal processes and procedures. By leveraging these techniques, organizations start transforming their ways of managing and executing different strategies as they move towards their goals.

What can project management do for your nonprofit?

As a result of using project management, your organization will have the opportunity to standardize tasks and procedures which will, in turn, standardize your workflow (e.g., service) and will return productivity hours to your organization. Project management will increase the communication of your team and will lay the foundation of a centralized location for information gathering. By doing this, at the same time, you’ll be able to gain insight into the difference between your perceived human capital and your actual human capital.

There is an array of, easy to use, fascinating tools that can help your organization, but keep in mind that the first step can be a simple as creating a project plan in excel and keeping track of milestones established for a project. We have attached a sample project plan to get you started. Go ahead and download it at no cost and if you do have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to us!

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PG Project Plan Template Download

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