June 7, 2023

Leaders Matter - May/June 2023 - Successful Strategic Planning for Nonprofits

How to get the most out of your next strategic planning process
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Leaders Matter


How Nonprofits and NGOs Can Get Real Value from Strategic Planning

By Lindsey Waldron, Preeta Nayak, Teni Lanre-Amos, and Bradley Seeman
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Have you ever wondered what makes a strategic planning process go well or, as many have experienced, go wrong?

Done right, strategic planning can be a rare chance for a nonprofit’s leaders to step back, understand what success looks like for their organization, and properly allocate resources to help achieve it.

The practical advice offered in this article can help leaders avoid common pitfalls and get real value from the process.


Strategic Planning at a Glance

This quick reference highlights critical questions your team will tackle during a strategic planning process. Use it with your leadership team, board, or key stakeholders to spark discussion.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Strategic Planning

Get answers to five of the most common questions we’ve heard about the strategic planning process from our 20+ years of working with nonprofits.


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Nonprofit Strategic Planning Webinar Series

These upcoming webinars focus on tools and practices that can help leaders prepare to create an effective strategy and get implementation right.

Sign up for any session or all three:

Part 1: Getting Nonprofit Strategic Planning Right
June 20, 2023 | 3 p.m. ET
How nonprofits can navigate the prep, process, and pitfalls of strategic planning.

Part 2: What Are Intended Impact and Theory of Change (II/TOC)
July 11, 2023 | 1 p.m. ET

Learn to use II/TOC to help build a strong foundation for an effective nonprofit strategic plan.

Part 3: How to Live into Your Nonprofit Strategic Plan
July 25, 2023 | 3 p.m. ET

We’ll review three key tools to help support strategic plan implementation.

✉ If these dates and times don’t work, register anyway! All registrants will receive the recording, slides, and other related resources.

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