At WRI, we manage for results and measure our
success by the impact of our work. Results are
generated through a highly focused system of clear
goals and 5-year strategic objectives. Many are
achieved in collaboration with WRI’s more than
400 partner organizations around the world.
To achieve transformational outcomes, WRI manages
for excellence in everything from administrative
efficiency to fundraising to communications. We
learn from our successes and failures, and we constantly
seek improvement and innovation. Pursuing
excellence is an ongoing priority for all staff at WRI.
Record Fundraising and Increased Efficiency
WRI had its best fundraising year ever in 2009. As a result,
our $34 million FY10 budget is 23 percent larger than our
actual FY09 expenses. For the four years ended 9/30/09 WRI
grew by over 40 percent and simultaneously reduced the
internal support cost rates charged to programs by four percent,
thereby freeing up an extra million dollars for programs.
Th ere are a variety of reasons for this substantial growth,
including the development of new strands of work which
attracted significant support, and a continued emphasis on
managing for results.
WRI is considered to be an efficient and well-run organization
by our donors and by other third parties such as the
Better Business Bureau (BBB) and Charity Navigator. Our
goal is for programs to be greater than or equal to 80 percent
of our total expenses. For 2009, programs were 84 percent of