Organizations are started by one person or a group of people who have a strong interest in a specific cause. It continues as a result of these individuals' shared passion to make a difference.
The future of any organization depends on many variables - quality programming, donor support, a clear and compelling mission. What is often overlooked is the ability of the dedicated leader or group of leaders to let others participate and contribute - sharing the work and the leadership.
As a leader, it can be easy to fall into the habit of completing every task yourself. The reasons are endless: it takes too long to train someone else to do it; no one else knows the donor or vendor as well as you do; everyone else is too busy to do it; no one else would do the job as well as you do.
The above mindset can lead to a drop in volunteers as well as a high burnout rate for those in leadership roles. In a worst-case scenario, an organization will require new leadership but the volunteer base has left since their talents weren’t being utilized. The result is an organization that struggles to stay alive. In some instances the organization could cease to exist.
The leadership of any NGO is responsible for the stability of the organization and the ability to think long-term. Identify talented volunteers, engage them in organizational roles and allow them the opportunity to lead.