I was able to get away for a couple of weeks this past month for some R & R, which included a short trip to Sante Fe with my wife, Carol, and a five-day bike tour with friends through Utah and Western Colorado. This much-needed downtime cleared my head and re-energized me to do better for my team members, clients, and the nonprofit community.
I ran across a book, “Nonprofit Lifecycles,” by Susan Kenny Stevens. Susan Kenny Stevens has served as an organization development consultant, Board member, and CEO for nonprofits. With that being said, she does a masterful job of relating growth-stage theory to nonprofit organizations.
Growth-stage, or lifecycle theory, has been around for a long time but is more often discussed and used in the context of small- to mid-sized businesses. More specifically, she outlines seven lifecycle stages that are clearly definable for nonprofits: