When you're prospecting a nonprofit or a host company, there are smart questions you can ask each other to make sure you're the right fit. Here's what we recommend:
For the Nonprofit to Ask the Host
Values & Needs:
- What social issues are important to you and your employees?
- What is your office culture like? Is it quiet or social?
- What kind of people do you need to reach with your business? Are there ways that we can bring that audience to you?
- What success metrics are important to you in this partnership?
- Who ultimately needs to sign off on this partnership to make it happen?
- What is security like? During what hours can our team access your building?
- Is it OK for us to have visitors at the office? How about volunteer meetings in the evenings?
- Are there enough desks to accommodate our interns?
- Can we store our supply bins in the office?
- Do you have computers, phones, or printers our staff can use, or should we bring our own?
For the Host to Ask the Nonprofit:
Values & Needs:
- What are the ways in which our company can get involved with your nonprofit’s work? Can you provide volunteer opportunities for our employees?
- What areas of business expertise could our employees help your team further develop?
- What special skills, talents or perspectives could you offer to our company and employee base?
- What kind of work environment and culture would bring out the best in your nonprofits’ employees and are we a fit for these needs?
- What success metrics are important to you?
- Beyond desk space, what other office amenities would be valuable to you, e.g., landline telephones, access to a storage closet, basic office supplies
- What are your conference room and communal meeting space needs?
- Do you have meetings or visitors after normal business hours?
- Do you plan to grow (seasonally or permanently) in headcount over the year or two of this relationship?
- Is there anything about the way your nonprofit operates that may not work well with a typical office environment?