Every nonprofit leader would agree that having a set of values is important for making decisions, interacting with donors, and implementing ideas that create change. However, what you may not realize is what kind of impact your values are making on the culture that’s being created within your organization.
Shared values, norms, and mutually agreed upon practices are perhaps the most critical components of a philanthropic organization. In fact, the shared values of your organization will directly impact your ability to develop a culture of philanthropy. As a leader, it’s important that you know not only what your organization’s shared values are, but also how they impact the culture you’re creating.
Shared values are the articulated beliefs that provide the framework to guide actions and judgments within an organization. These values represent a unique cultural philosophy, not a program.
Creating a culture of philanthropy requires that you determine your organization’s specific shared values and how you can reinforce them through practice on a daily basis. Here are the four most common shared values that have helped nonprofit organizations create and cultivate a culture of philanthropy that runs throughout their organization:
A culture of philanthropy is not a program to be created, but it’s the acknowledgment of and adherence to a set of shared values.
What are some of your organization’s shared values? How have they made a difference in creating a culture of philanthropy?