We must diligently remain focused on our mission and goals, so we are able to spend time and resources on those we serve. Yet there are times when the work we do locally can affect much larger goals. In 2015 the United Nations adopted 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for “peace and prosperity for people and the planet.”
If you think your work doesn’t affect these goals, you might think again. The Nonprofit Times published an article about the connection. It included a quote that said, “If your nonprofit works to improve classroom experiences, deliver afterschool opportunities, eliminate disparities and close gaps,” said Thomas Boyd, chief editorial consultant for The Grantsmanship Center in Los Angeles, Calif., “You are addressing the goal [for inclusive and equitable quality education].” That is SDG #4.
It can be a boost to connect your organization to a larger goal, especially when other organizations are addressing it. The connection helps you feel like you are making a greater impact. Becoming aware of other organizations addressing the same goal can also open the door to potential partnerships or exchanges of information. In the end, it’s all about achieving the goal with as many tools possible. Finally, connecting to a larger goal can strengthen your case with prospective funders. The Nonprofit Times article revealed that an estimated $360B will be spent on achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. Making a connection, while continuing to focus on your mission and stakeholders, could be lucrative in the years ahead.