This is the tenth in a series of posts that will tease out key ingredients from the exponential growth of Share Our Strength over the past few years. My last post examined why nonprofits must learn to play offense. This post continues that theme by exploring the importance of embracing competitiveness.
Nonprofits need to be more intentional and purposeful about competing – understanding that to compete at any level you must compete at every level.
We are not just competing with other organizations to deliver the best outcomes. We are competing with them to attract and retain the best people, to ensure that we work not with whatever left over resources may be available, but with the best resources available. This may mean foregoing pro bono services and instead contracting with marketing firms, law firms, etc. It will definitely mean paying competitive compensation so that you can recruit not only the best talent in the nonprofit sector, but the best talent wherever it is found.
Nonprofits need not compete to take market share or to put others out of business, but rather to be the best version of themselves that they can possibly be.