3 Benefits of Agile and the Scrum Framework in a Nonprofit

Agile methodologies and specifically the Scrum framework (which is one of many frameworks under the umbrella of Agile) are increasingly becoming popular in the business world, but did you know that it can also be applied to nonprofits? You know as well as I do that nonprofit organizations are often faced with unique challenges such as limited resources, tight budgets, and the need to constantly adapt to changes in their communities that will impact the way they approach achieving their mission and goals. That’s why adopting Agile methodology and the Scrum framework can be incredibly beneficial.

Let’s take a closer look at three benefits of the Scrum framework in a nonprofit:


1 – Increased Flexibility and Adaptability

Nonprofits operate in an environment that is constantly changing. They must be able to adapt quickly to new challenges and opportunities. The Scrum framework facilitates this by breaking down projects into small, manageable pieces that can be completed in short sprints. This allows nonprofit organizations to adjust and pivot their strategies as needed, instead of being tied to a rigid plan that may no longer be relevant.

Check out the case study with Alice Ferris of Goal Busters that highlights this benefit.


2 – Greater Collaboration and Communication

Nonprofit organizations often require the input and expertise of a diverse group of stakeholders, including volunteers, donors, and community members. The Scrum framework encourages collaboration and open communication, allowing everyone to be involved in the decision-making process. This leads to better solutions and a deeper level of engagement from all parties involved.

Check out the case study with Sarah Lyman of FINE that highlights this benefit.


3 – Improved Efficiency and Productivity

The Scrum framework help nonprofits to achieve their goals in a more efficient and productive manner. By focusing on small, achievable tasks, teams are able to make consistent progress and avoid getting bogged down in lengthy planning sessions. The Scrum framework also emphasizes the importance of regular check-ins and accountability, which helps to keep the team on track and motivated.

Check out the case study with Beth Tuttle of SMU Data Arts that highlights this benefit.

Agile ways of working, including the Scrum framework can not magically solve problems in any organization. However, nonprofit organizations face unique challenges that require flexibility, collaboration, and efficiency – all of which can be achieved through Agile methodology and the Scrum framework. By adopting these practices, nonprofits can better serve their communities, achieve their goals, and make an even greater positive impact on the world.


What benefit of using an Agile methodology have you experienced? Or do you hope to experience? We’d love to hear! Let us know in the comments below, or reach out to our team to ask questions about these benefits.