In philanthropic organizations, there’s often a division of purpose between two forces, which creates a silo mentality. Those responsible for developing programs to further the efforts of the organization usually have very different concerns than those responsible for attracting donors and raising funds for the organization’s cause. Both play essential roles to the success of a non profit, but while these two halves of the organization should work in tandem, they often end up in opposition.
In some cases, the two sides of the organization may simply coexist peaceably, yet rarely interact. Usually, however, they develop a mutual distrust and face off in conflict in many situations. In addition to creating a hostile environment that makes working together an intolerable situation, this type of silo mentality interferes with the effectiveness of the team as a whole. The goals of the organization are compromised, when the team is split into two opposing halves.
Conversely, the most successful philanthropic organizations are able to overcome this disparity and bring everyone together as one team. In doing so, the organization more effectively raises money and develops better programs that speak to its mission. Here are some tips that often help philanthropic organizations unite their teams:
Strategic Planning: Bring the heads of each department together in regular meetings to discuss matters of strategy and methods for reaching new goals. Getting everyone involved on the same objectives will help them better appreciate one another’s views and concerns.
Cross the Lines: Ask staff members for organizing programs to work with the fundraising efforts. By bringing them in on this aspect of the organization, you can give each half of the organization insight into how the other half operates and you may improve fundraising results. Similarly, involve your fundraisers in efforts to develop new programs.
Promote Organizational Pride: By releasing news of new achievements to everyone about programming efforts and fundraising accomplishments, the entire organization can share in the good news. This will help foster a sense of pride in the philanthropic organization as a whole and encourage greater cooperation among both teams.
Encouraging cooperation among everyone on the team can help further your organization’s efforts and achieve short-term goals faster. As a supplemental benefit, it will also create a more positive work environment. As the two halves of the organization come together and pursue mutual goals, their philanthropic efforts and ideals become aligned and supported by all.