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NextGen NPO’s Sets Out to Save Nonprofit Organizations

Ryan Smiley, 46, of Valparaiso, Indiana is the Founder & CEO of NextGen NPO’s Consulting Group, LLC.  Ryan launched NextGen NPO’s after a 20+ year career leading large nonprofit organizations.  

Nonprofit organizations serve social issues and support the public in a variety of capacities; from youth development and women’s shelters to medical research and animal shelters. Over the years, these social service agencies have become more and more critical to the health of our communities. Today there are around 1.5 million nonprofit organizations registered in the United States and 10 million worldwide.

However, it is estimated that only half of all nonprofits are successful; furthermore, it has been stated that approximately 30% will close within 10 years of beginning.

Nonprofit employees cite low pay, lack of career development opportunities, and poorly lead organizations as their main reasons for quitting. In addition, one quarter of employees who plan on quitting stated that they probably won’t look for a new job in the nonprofit sector. Approximately 45% of surveyed nonprofit employees say they’ll likely quit their jobs by 2025, indicating high rates of turnover and burnout in these organizations.

However, nonprofit organizations employ about 10% of the workforce in the United States or about 16 million people. If that sounds like a big number, it’s because it is. Nonprofits represent about 5.7% of the United States’ Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

Nonprofits are organizations whose primary purpose is to solve social issues instead of making a profit. While this is true, nonprofits still need lots of money flowing into them to accomplish this task.

NextGen NPO’s was created to help nonprofits ensure relevancy, demonstrate meaningful impact and be financially sustainable.

Ryan Smiley of Valparaiso, Indiana, has a proven history of success leading and scaling nonprofit organizations.  Ryan believes that the status quo of too many nonprofits, along with a lack of funding and poor leadership by staff and boards, are the reason so many merely exist and ultimately fail. 

Far too many nonprofits are too reliant on contributions yet lack critical skills in fundraising, leadership and business development.  The outdated approach of their operating models and lack of business acumen prevents many from scaling to truly make significant and quantifiable impact on society.

While Ryan has always worked directly for nonprofit organizations, he believes that he can have an even greater impact and purpose in consulting for nonprofit organizations, CEO’s and Boards.

“I’ve always been a servant leader and dedicated my life to helping others. Leading a nonprofit organization has become more challenging than ever before. I’ve watched the landscape shift throughout my career.  Historically, a strong mission with good leadership and strong relationship building skills was sufficient. Nowadays, you’ve got to prove your impact with meaningful and quantifiable outcomes in a very competitive and challenging environment.”  If I can help save one organization, retain one qualified CEO, revamp one nonprofit business model, which in turn will help so many people through a mission driven charity, then I’ll be successful”, states Ryan Smiley, Founder & CEO of NextGen NPO’s.  

Clearly nonprofit organizations are vital to our communities and economy, but they clearly need help.  NextGen NPO’s may just be the consulting firm they need to succeed and thrive.

For more information on the services offered by NextGen NPO’s Consulting Group, LLC contact Ryan Smiley, Founder & CEO, directly at info@nextgennpos.com or visit their website at nextgennpos.com.