Understanding Core Values Will Sustain You

How do you run a successful nonprofit? It’s easy. You bring in a heap of money and you distribute it or do something with it. In his book “Recharge Your Team,” Jay W. Vogt suggests several core values that might be helpful for running a truly successful organization.

    Vogt uses an unidentified organic farm as the model for these values. While the specifics of this one organization will not work for every nonprofit, the point is having core values that drive and support the organization. They are:

  • Integrity. We remain true to our mission. We work hard to grow high-quality produce, serve the needs of our recipients, provide an exceptional experience to each volunteer, and maximize the generous support of our donors.
  • Free. We donate all of our food for free. This approach keeps our operating simple and enables us to give our recipients the best possible produce.
  • Openness. We are accessible to everyone. We welcome volunteers of all ages and from all backgrounds and work to reach out to underserved groups in our community.
  • Experience. We nurture joy and wonder in our garden.
  • Scale. We respect the power of small.
  • Sustainability. We grow in a careful, considered fashion.