This article was originally published on Humentum by Tom Dente.
I had the opportunity in April to run in the London Marathon. Among the many marathons around the world, this is a special race as it involves significant participation from charities, NGOs, and nonprofits of all kinds, including many Humentum members and clients. It was inspiring to see the different organizations using the marathon to raise awareness of their missions, increase participation in their work, and support fundraising through this event. There were many logos and banners representing organizations large and small involved in development and humanitarian work. As perhaps a metaphor for recent overall conditions in our sector, this was the hottest race in the London Marathon’s history, with bright sunshine and heat, making for more difficult conditions.
As a community of resilient organizations, we succeed in the bright light of challenge and heat of scrutiny only if we have our core operations primed and ready. We succeed because in each of our organizations, we continually enhance the operational capabilities essential to supporting our missions. Humentum – and before it InsideNGO, LINGOs and Mango – exists to empower organizations and individuals to deliver these essential capabilities. As we look ahead, Humentum will focus on supporting four core operational capabilities: financial management, compliance, program management and people development. Achieving excellence in these core capabilities, on an integrated basis, ensures that organizations are not only fit for funding but also trusted to deliver long-term impact. For each of these core capabilities, we look forward to sharing insights, practices, and capacity that allows organizations to achieve competence and, with the support of our community, strive for excellence. This is the ultimate “finish line” we commit to reaching, and because of the nature of our work, one that is just beyond the next turn, as excellence is always being redefined.