Have You Seen The Bear?

Have you seen the latest binge-worthy show on Hulu, The Bear?

Set in Chicago, the show is about a young chef from the fine dining world who has to come home after a tragedy to run his family sandwich shop. Recently, the Chronicle of Philanthropy featured an article about The Bear and how it relates to the current non-profit climate. They state, “It’s about a team of people who commit themselves wholly to a mission – even though the mission is modest, and the path is arduous.” Whether you’ve seen the show or not, you may relate to this description. Our trademarked methodology of Hyper-Philanthropy™️ can help you illuminate and celebrate your mission while smoothing a pathway to advance it even further.

Strategic Vision: There is a difference between a vision and a “strategic” vision, in that the latter provides a realistic roadmap towards a solution instead of just identifying a problem. For instance, your Board might vote to enact a feasibility study to identify the most practical way to address a problem so that you can live into your mission. This way, you can be the “calm pilot when the plane hits turbulence” instead of the worried passenger.

Culture: Culture defines everything in your organization. It’s true what they say: culture eats strategy for breakfast. That’s why we think it’s important to label what makes your organization unique, especially if you’re headed into a capital campaign, writing an annual appeal, or headed into any other fundraising endeavor. There are a thousand ways to tackle important issues like poverty, racism, education, etc. Donors want to know what makes your organization and mission unique.

Behavioral Economics: Behavioral economics studies the effects of psychological, cognitive, emotional, cultural, and social factors in the decisions of individuals. Put another way, your organization has a specific culture, and that culture should be similar to the population you serve. Alignment between culture and behavioral economics is paramount to advancing your mission, and that’s why our methodology explicitly calls this out.

Communication: Of course, the best strategic vision and the tightest culture can’t get far without effective communication. It is a crucial component of any strategic planning and vital to the growth of any organization. And there is a reason THG views it as the final pillar: an organization needs to fine tune its message by being thoughtful about the three prior pillars first.

It is a lot of work, but so is running a restaurant! Supported by these four pillars, your organization will not just survive but thrive. Contact us today if you’d like to get Hyper about Philanthropy!