Different Worlds, Shared Solutions

Written by Cheryl L. Batdorf, D.B.A, Associate Dean, College of Graduate & Professional Studies at Millersville University

While we recognize there are differences between for-profit, non-profit, and government agencies, there are also many similarities between the three.  At Millersville University, through our professional studies offerings, the similarities are easier to spot.

For instance, all three entities include mission, vision or statement of purpose, planning, working with people, budgeting, limited resources, addressing the needs of stakeholders, shareholders or customers, communication, relationships and performance measurement. The list could be endless!

By shifting our focus to partnering with other organizations and agencies to accomplish our mission, we can create new perspectives, share expertise and maximize the value of limited resources.  Rather than a sense of competition, finding those partnerships that allow us to complement each other will leverage shared resources and existing expertise. Many grants and initiatives require collaboration for greater community impact. One example of a recent successful collaborative community effort is the rebuilding of downtown Lancaster through the Arts. The City of Lancaster, Lancaster County Community Foundation, nonprofits, businesses, artists, and patrons revitalized Lancaster through partnership and shared goals.

Common to the success of all organizations is leadership.  Leadership, generally speaking, is getting others to work toward a common goal.  The leader may also be defined as someone who inspires, motivates and garners commitment.  Taking the time to develop (managing and evaluating) employees, uncovering what motivates them and building teams are powerful tools to create purpose in your workforce.  That purpose can then be channeled by each person to make a difference for the organization, resulting in met goals, satisfied customers and clients, and strong relationships.

Through our three service platforms, the Nonprofit Resource Network, Corporate University, or our Certified Public Manager program, we can provide training for your employees, your boards, or the individual in the areas of supervision, leadership, succession planning and financial sustainability.

While you may come from different worlds, Millersville University seeks to offer shared solutions for success through professional education and community partnership.

Millersville University, Nonprofit Resource Network, and the Lancaster Inter-Municipal Committee are partnering to provide Organizational Performance Training for nonprofit and municipal professionals. 

 Register today for Nonprofit & Municipal Professional Development Series 

Related Articles:

How Nonprofits Differ From For-Profits – and How They Are the Same

Striving for No Difference: Examining Effective Leadership Between Nonprofit and For-Profit Contexts

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