Today 1K & 3K met with Dubby Arbel at Midot (2K is with new little baby girl K )
What an enjoyable and educational meeting! Once discussions of family, origins, hometowns and offers of Shabbat hospitality were out of the way, we got down to business.
Midot is an NGO founded by some really incredible people looking to help nonprofits do good, better. In other words, be more efficient and have higher impact while ensuring growth.
Using set criteria, Midot allows the org to evaluate itself and then see itself via the evaluations of Midot. Often, just answering the first round of questions is epiphany inducing.
The most telling point Dubby made about the way NGOs are seen by donors (large and small alike) can be seen in the following example.
People were asked to choose which org they would give their money to.
Helps teens at risk stay in school ORG A x ORG B x
Has budget of $3M x x
Runs programs for 1000 kids a yr x x
Percentage of Budget to salaries/overhead 15% 9%
Overwhelmingly, people choose org B simply because the percentage of the budget going to overhead and salaries is less.
But what happens when the next stat is brought in?
Percentage of kids staying in school as result of program ORG A 66% ORG B 35%
Now which would you give to?
Sadly, many still said B! Its the whole “I want my money to go to the kids.”
But those running the org, choosing the strategies, hiring professionals and creating programs must be well educated and well compensated ( to take the words from Dubby’s mouth). If we are not building the capacity and efficacy of our nonprofits, what are we doing? What future will they have? What will they have to show in 5 years?
With this in mind Midot has set out to assist nonprofits and funders in understanding the qualities and ingredients necessary for NGOs to be effective, make impact and grow- yes grow!
We urge you to learn more about Midot and how they can help your organization to accurately and honestly measure itself and its impact!