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The Sustainability Mindset: Using the Matrix Map to Make Strategic Decisions by Jeanne Bell, Steve Zimmerman

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Chapter 10Case Studies

Nonprofit organizations operate in different contexts. Their communities, funding sources, constituent needs, political environments, and desired outcomes are different. With all these differences, it seems a stretch to imagine that there is only one business model that will work for every organization. Yet too often processes focus on searching for the perfect business model outside the organization rather than building on the strengths right in front of us. The matrix map allows each organization to express its unique business model. Although many of these models are similar, the path to increasing sustainability differs based on where the nonprofit operates and what decisions the board and leadership are prepared ...

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