Strategic Planning Approaches for Nonprofits
Some folks will probably cringe when you raise the idea of strategic planning. They might say, “What’s the point when we already know what we’re doing?” “We’re already overworked, we don’t have time for that,” or, “That sounds great, but how do we do it?” Then there’s the ever popular, “But we already have a strategic plan. It’s on that shelf over there.” We address those points and more.
What will you find in the Strategic Planning section?
Here, we look at a few approaches to strategic planning. There are many options (and no, they don’t all take tons of time and paper), so you’ll ultimately need to determine what’s best for your organization. Still, there are many components that are common across strategic planning models – mission and vision identification, organization assessments, environmental scans, goal and objective development, and metrics, for example. We take a look at all of these here and serve up some user-friendly resources to help you drive things forward.
Strategic Planning FAQ
Discover how the specific needs of your organization can inform the planning process. Continue reading
Learn the details of an effective nonprofit plan and the questions to ask as you’re designing yours. Continue reading
Learn the benefits of hiring an outside consultant for your organization’s planning process, and how to decide if it’s the right decision for your nonprofit. Continue reading
Explore examples of how an environmental scan can benefit your organization. Continue reading
Find out the major points covered in an orgainzation assessment and how it can benefit your nonprofit. Continue reading
How can a nonprofit make sure their plan is realistic and doable? The first part of the answer may seem obvious, but give it serious consideration: Ask the people who are actually charged with executing the plan whether or not … Continue reading
Discover how embracing different approaches can make your organization stronger and more dynamic. Continue reading
Learn what factors to consider when deciding how long a time period your nonprofit plan should cover. Continue reading
Understand the importance of planning as opposed to solely focusing on a funder-directed agenda. Continue reading
Achievable goals and outcomes, or metrics, are an important way to track whether your organization is being successful at achieving what it set out to do. Continue reading