The nonprofit sector is woefully under-resourced. As a result, many Executive Directors and Boards are constantly searching for ways to increase revenue to meet the needs of day-to-day. Too often we (and others) define our success by the robustness of our business model and the strength of balance sheet. However, there is more than one kind of strength just as there is more than one type of need.
This session presents an effective and time-efficient organizational assessment designed as a starting point for Leaders and Boards to identify their organization’s financial and non-financial strengths. In doing do, so organizations will be able to understand the underlying areas of strength and areas that need investment. As a result, Leaders and Boards are better positioned to advocate for the resources – financial and otherwise – needed to support mission and strategy.
About the Presenter
Sandi McKinley has more than 20 years of experience serving the nonprofit sector. In 2020, she founded SectorWind, a consulting firm that works with leaders and philanthropies to build financial strength and strategic resilience within nonprofit organizations. Prior to SectorWind, Sandi was Vice President, Advisory Services at Nonprofit Finance Fund where she was on staff for nearly 14 years. As a member of the Advisory Services Leadership team, and Chief of Practice, she was responsible for leading and managing the national consulting team and overseeing the services that were provided to nonprofits and funders. Throughout her tenue at NFF, she sought to ensure that NFF’s services reflected the needs of community-based organizations and counts among her many accomplishments the redesign of NFF’s consulting methodology, implementation of a data and knowledge function, integration of a regional structure to a national consulting practice and the ongoing evolution of the suite of services that NFF provides. She was responsible for the genesis of many NFF signature services including the Financial Leadership Clinic, program economics analysis, and original full cost methodology. Sandi had the pleasure of working with over 1,000 nonprofit clients which served to deepen her insight into the array of options and challenges that nonprofit leaders face related to management, strategy, and financial health. As a result, she is a sought-after authority on nonprofit finance and represented NFF at conferences and in the media.
Before joining NFF, Sandi provided strategic and philanthropic advice to foundations and family offices and their grantees. Prior to that she served in leadership roles for the Institute of Contemporary Art, American Repertory Theater at Harvard University and The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Sandi holds a Bachelor of Arts from Rosemont College and a Master of Business Administration from Simmons College School of Management, where she also serves as a faculty member. She serves on several nonprofit boards, and regularly speaks and writes about the role of nonprofit finance, strategic resilience, and the nature of money in the nonprofit sector. She is an avid hiker and resides outside of Boston with her husband, two teenage sons and five pets.