A Nonprofit Chooses a Path to Expansion

Margaret Boasberg and Barbara Christiansen
When nonprofit leaders ask themselves, “Should we grow?” they open the flood- gates to a host of questions with no easy answers: “Should we add programs, sites, or both?” “What would growth entail for our staff, systems, and existing structure?” “How much new funding would it take to grow, and how could we acquire the funds?” In 2006, the leadership team at Brockton, Massachusetts- based MY TURN was grappling with questions like those. The approach the team took in choosing a route to increase the organization’s impact may be instructive.
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