Strategy for non-profits

The decision patterns that are available within the Decision Driven® Solutions Framework (DDSF) can be applied directly to innovate, evaluate and manage the strategy and service offerings of any non-profit organization.  Decisions are fundamental questions/issues that demand an answer or solution.  Non-profit organizations face essentially the same set of decisions as a for-profit business; they just answer some of these questions differently, particularly in the area of their business models, equity/funding strategy and organization/staffing strategies.

Enterprise Strategy-Pattern-tree

Enterprise Strategy decision pattern – tree view


Enterprise Strategy decision pattern – table view

Non-profits are less likely to design and create hardware/software products from scratch; they focus more often on designing and delivering services to meet human needs.  The service design decision pattern can be used to help non-profits innovate, evaluate and accelerate new services into reality.

Service Concept Pattern-Tree View

Service Concept decision pattern – tree view

Service Concept decision pattern - table view

Service Concept decision pattern – table view

Non-profits could also benefit greatly from Platform Engineering (see my June 11 post) to help them stretch precious donor resources to deliver multiple services on top of a set of core assets.  Non-profits also have a higher level of volunteer staffing and informal partnerships with other organizations; the use of a Decision Breakdown Structure collaboration framework (see my May 3 post) can help increase buy-in and alignment among the many participants in their mission.

As a non-profit you can leverage the capabilities of the Decision Driven® Solutions Framework (DDSF) to guide you in your strategy and service offerings. Please contact the Decision Driven® Solutions team at or to start your free trial of DDSF.

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