Communication · Finance · Strategy

Nonprofit Upcycling: How to do more with less

Reduce, reuse, recycle… and now upcycle. How can nonprofits apply these environment lessons to be more efficient and effective? In this episode, Nancy and Sarah share tips on how to use the principles of reuse, recycle, and upcycle in nonprofit communications and financial management. They challenge themselves to imagine how to use the same content at least three times. They give examples of upcycling and how you can take something like a newsletter and turn it into an annual report. By the end, you’ll be asking yourself how you might see something as worthy to use again and have enough creativity to imagine new ways to use it.  When you are more efficient, you have time to spend on other aspects of your mission. 

Question to reflect on before you listen:
What do you have as a resource? Stories? Photos? Documents?

Discussion questions:

  1. What resonated with you about this conversation? What would you like to take back to your organization?
  2. What takes a lot of time in your organization? How might you exercise recycling or upcycling to make it more efficient?

Word of the week: Upcycle

Looking around you at your nonprofit, what is worthy of using again? Using your creativity, what could you craft that into to be more efficient overall?

What do you think?