Hurry up, Tally up, Rest up!

I have the privilege of serving on the board of the Springfield Area Home Builders Association (SAHBA), which held their annual dinner this week.  At the event, association members gathered to network, celebrate successes from the year and install the 2012 officers. During the review of 2011, Dan Schrage, 2011 SAHBA president, stated that December is a time to “hurry up, tally up, rest up”… and I couldn’t agree more.

Hurry up
As the end of the year approaches, there are many items nonprofits should check off their to-do list.  This is the last chance of the year to conquer these tasks:

  • Recruit new board members
  • Send out holiday cards from your organization to partners, donors and volunteers
  • Send out end of the year appeals for end of the year gifts
  • Recognize staff members for their achievements
  • Thank volunteers
  • Prepare to close your books for the fiscal year (if your fiscal year coincides with the calendar year)

Tally up
As the end of the year approaches, it is important to tally up the successes from the year.  This information can be used in annual reports, marketing tools, social media, information to donors and internal benchmarking.  Here are some things nonprofits can tally up at the end of the year:

  • Number of individuals served
  • Number of volunteers (# of individuals, # of hours or # of corporate/religious/civic groups)
  • List of outcomes achieved
  • Amount of philanthropic dollars received
  • List of top accomplishments from the year
  • Review of special events and fundraisers
  • Stories from clients as to how their lives were impacted by the nonprofit

Rest Up
Especially after tallying all that has been accomplished during the year, be sure to rest up.  Nonprofit employees are some of the hardest working individuals I know, and it is important to take some time to rest. Some ways to rest up can include:

  • Take a few days to recharge your batteries by turning off the cell phone, setting up an out of office message on your email and spend time with family and friends
  • Order in lunch at the office for all the employees to enjoy
  • Travel: either to another town for a meal or for a few days of vacation
  • Celebrate the holidays with friends and family members

As we kick off December, there is much to be done.  How are you doing as you “hurry up, tally up and rest up?”

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About Dr. Sarah Wolin Mackey

Putting theory into practice at nonprofit organizations.
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