Nonprofit Sustainability Institute

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Aligning Fiscal Performance with Mission Impact

Based on the theories and teachings of The Sustainability Mindset, this highly interactive and practical program offers staff and board leaders an opportunity to move the needle toward sustainability for their organizations.

Using the Matrix Map framework throughout this program, participants will identify the current challenges and opportunities facing their business models. Then, with expert advice and coaching from Steve Zimmerman—nationally recognized nonprofit consultant and co-author of The Sustainability Mindset—participants will outline immediate decisions and next steps needed to strengthen their organizations.

At the conclusion of this educational series, organizations will leave with a clear process and tools for thinking about their dual bottom lines—financial viability and mission impact—in a holistic way. The financial analysis and language co-created around their programs’ impact will live on past the creation of the Matrix Map and this program. This will, in turn, lead to ongoing critical programming decisions—maximizing financial and human resources to sustain their organization and its impact.

This hands-on program is designed for organizations to participate as a team. The team should consist of 4 to 6 members, including both staff and board members, who will participate in the webinars and coaching calls. The team must include the executive director / CEO and at least one board member.

About the Matrix Map

The Matrix Map is a visual tool that plots all of the organization’s activities—not just its programs—into a single, compelling image. By illustrating the organization’s business model—through a depiction of all activities and the financial and mission impact of each one—it supports genuinely strategic discussions.

About the Sessions

Split into a series of webinars and coaching sessions, the program will take participating organizations through processes to:

  • Develop a clearer understanding of their own dual bottom line - financial viability and mission impact
  • Identify strategic imperatives for sustainability
  • Receive professional advice and coaching to bring innovation and change to your nonprofit
  • Offer an opportunity for advanced leadership development to board and staff
  • Build capacity to fulfill your mission


Date Title
August 25th, 10:00 AM–12:00 PM Kick Off to Sustainability Webinar
September 1st, 10:00 AM–12:00 PM Intended Impact & Defining Programs Webinar
September 7th through September 17th One-on-one Coaching
September 15th, 10:00 AM–12:00 PM Mission Impact Assessment Webinar
October 1st through November 10th One-on-one Coaching
October 13th, 10:00 AM–12:00 PM Determining Profitability Webinar
November 3rd, 10:00 AM–12:00 PM Revenue Analysis Webinar
December 1st, 10:00 AM–12:00 PM Key Messages of the Matrix Map Webinar
December 8th, 10:00 AM–12:00 PM Initial Priorities Webinar
January 2nd through January 25th One-on-one Coaching
January 26th, 10:00 AM–12:00 PM Peer Learning & Communicating with Stakeholders Webinar

In order to provide a highly interactive program, enrollment is limited. Teams will be selected through an application process based on the readiness of the organization to participate in this advanced-level training.

The application deadline has passed. If you're interested in this program or have questions, please contact Stephen Donahue at

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Fee: $250 for members, $500 for not-yet-members
  • Application Deadline: 5:00 PM on Wednesday, June 30th. Applicants will be notified of acceptance on or before July 21st.


We can offer this program, which includes 16 hours of group webinars and one-on-one coaching calls, at such a low cost thanks to the support of our partners at Grappone Automotive Group, SilverTech, and Mascoma Bank through the Community Development Finance Authority's L5 Capacity Building Program.