A practice can refer to an activity, strategy, methodology, system, process, technique, tactic, or approach. For instance, a youth-serving mentoring organization may discover that utilizing online social networking sites to recruit mentors or electing youth ambassadors to sit on the organization's board of directors are both effective practices. Effective practices can provide nonprofit organizations with significant, long-term benefits including: improved quality and increased quantity of services offered to clients; cost savings due to increased productivity and efficiency; increased financial support from funders interested in supporting evidence-based programs and strategies, and improved staff performance. As you'll learn throughout this e-learning, there are three different types of effective practices: best practices, promising practices, and innovative practices. Whether an effective practice is classified as best, promising, or innovative will depend on a number of factors.