Future Trends for 2012

January 2012

What does the future look like for the nonprofit sectors as we enter 2012?

A review of recent future search articles points to some key trends in the nonprofit and public sectors as we begin 2012.

Our consumers will be older, more culturally diverse and expect more choice and input into how and why services are delivered.

Recently, consumers rebelled online when Bank of America instituted a debit card fee, and in Elmira, New York, two thousand YMCA members signed an online petition asking local officials to block the Y's proposed closure. Social media is the common denominator and a powerful tool for stakeholder mobilization and engagement. It is  a tool that nonprofits use to advance their own cases, but it can sometimes come back to bite them!

Hand in hand with this trend is the use of online technologies to communicate in real time and to deliver services and education. Like it or not, social marketing, online fundraising, and the like are here to stay. 

Nonprofit resource engines fueled by time, money, and brand are changing.The past year has made obvious the severe reductions in government funding and the shrinking of the public sector in general. Foundations will continue to focus their grant making lens more tightly on efficiency and impact.There will be interest and perhaps some growth in social impact financing and diversified funding models. Competition may increase for traditional nonprofits, and include for-profits as well as hybrid organizations such as the L3C or low-profit companies and those in the sector who are most able to innovate and be agile.

Finally, performance metrics, solid back office operations, robust information systems, strong and creative leaders, effective boards of directors, and attention to professional development and training for staff will be key instruments of success.

Millennia helps Maine and Vermont schools secure $1 million in federal support

Consultant David Steven Rappoport worked with Maine School Administrative District #75 and North Country Supervisory Union in Vermont to develop successful U.S. Department of Agriculture applications for distance learning equipment. His work raised just under $1 million--$967,743 to be exact.This effort is illustrative of Millennia's new grant writing and related prospect research services.  Please visit our website for more details on our proposal-based fundraising services or contact David Steven Rappoport.

Social emotional learning practices prevent violence in area school

Over the past four years, twenty Chicago and Cook County schools have implemented Social Emotional Learning (SEL) practices and curriculum. SEL prevents violence by helping their students manage their own emotions and behavior and achieve academically. Results have been significant. Within two years, schools measured a reduction in physical assaults and a greater connection between teachers and students. Ultimately, CPS District 299 was admitted to a nationwide violence-reduction and social skills instruction program funded by the Novo Foundation. Consultant Sue Laue has been part of a team of trainers and coaches working with these schools to learn and implement SEL. In addition to her mental health expertise, Sue has a background in strategic communications and community engagement.  If you are interested in learning more about SEL, contact Sue Laue.