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John Heymann has more than 35 years experience as an entrepreneur, business owner, and nonprofit leader. A former Peace Corps volunteer, Managing Director of the Land Trust of Napa County, and CEO of international financial consulting firm Motto Kryla & Fisher, John is known for his ability to work with disparate groups to gain consensus and deliver results.
With a keen understanding of the needs of both businesses and the nonprofit sector, John helps social benefit organizations turn their passion into progress by building cultures and structures to improve performance, capacity, and impact. Working with nonprofits, businesses, and government agencies in the areas of strategic planning, leadership development, organizational effectiveness, sustainability, strategic fund development, and triple bottom line initiatives, John has helped dozens of organizations achieve new levels of success.
John is currently the Chair of the Board of Social Venture Network, a group of CEOs, investors, and social entrepreneurs from around the world who have made a significant impact on the environmental and social challenges facing the planet. He is a Past-Chair of the Napa County Farmworker Commission, serves on the Steering Committee of the Mayors’ Roundtable for Arts & Culture, is an Advisor to the Fundación Humanitaria, and has served on the advisory boards of Theodore Roosevelt National Bank and Montgomery College.
Publications include Gestión Empresarial: Una Guía Didáctica, a business administration textbook and teaching guide (Spanish), published by the Costa Rica Ministry of Education. John has written extensively for a range of publications on the topics of governance, management, leadership, training, technology, and development issues.
Darfur, Soccer, Sting, and Triton the Lion
A real world example of a social venture that is pushing into new territory is the One World Futbol Project. A hybrid organization made up of a for-profit Limited Liability Company (LLC), registered as a B-Corp (Benefit Corporation), along with a nonprofit 501(c)(3) foundation. With help from NewLevel Group, the founders developed a business plan, secured start-up funding, and launched the business during the World Cup, quickly earning great buzz for the project.
Building An Effective, Sustainable, Impactful Organization
While there is no one formula for building a high-performance social sector organization, there are attributes and processes that all effective organizations have in common. The following is a checklist of some of those basic components.
High Satisfaction Days TM: Leading Indicators of Results
Have you ever measured the doneness of cookies baking in your oven using the smoke detector instead of a timer? When the smoke alarm goes off, you certainly know the cookies are done, it's just that the information isn't very helpful at that point. That's an example of what economists call a "Lagging Indicator". While most successful organizations use performance measures to gauge results, the majority of the measures they employ — financial reports, sales results, 360° reviews — are lagging indicators. That is, they tell you with some accuracy how you did, but not until after the fact.
Tough Times Call for Strong Leadership
Funding has always been a challenge for nonprofit organizations. With today’s economic challenges, times are even tougher than usual. Private donations are likely on a downward trend as slow growth in personal income forces consumers to make difficult spending decisions. Declines and uncertainty in the stock market have reduced the value of donor and foundation investment portfolios. Slowing economic activity lowers tax revenues for all levels of government, at the same time the pressure to fund expanded services is increasing.