Deming in Nonprofits

 Wood River Women's Foundation  

Today there are more than 1.5 million public charities, private foundations and other nonprofits in the United States. These organizations are serving our greatest social needs – for education, housing, youth and elder programs, medical research, global health, animal rights, environmental quality and preserving culture and the arts. Many of these organizations are faced with limited resources and reduced government support, and an increasing demand for their services and programs. They have passionate and committed leaders and volunteers, and an ever-increasing need to create the systems, organizational culture and sustainability to successfully serve their missions well into the future.

Like the guiding missions of non-profits, Dr. Deming believed that organizational aims “must always relate to a better life for everyone.” The Deming philosophy brings a systems approach to non-profit development and leadership, recognizing the interdependence of all individuals, departments and functions of an organization. This systems approach promotes collaboration, communications and continual learning, to create a more joyful and healthy endeavor. Organizations, large and small, will be better able to respond to change, growth, and external forces.

Non-profits around the country are improving the human condition and serving the most critical needs in our communities. The Deming Institute shares this commitment as we work with these vital non-profits, to improve lives through the Deming philosophy.