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In this course we discuss how to overcome the challenges to effective strategic planning in a nonprofit organization, in order to enable the executive team and board of directors to appropriately and effectively guide the organization’s future direction.

We start by discussing why strategic planning seems to be so difficult for nonprofit boards and management teams. Then we cover Issues like the board’s role, staff/board collaboration challenges, visionary thinking, risk taking and the relationship between strategic plans and day-to-day operations. 

Learning Objectives

  • Recognize why strategic planning goals are typically not met – by most organizations, but particularly nonprofits.
  • Identify how to engage the right mix of collaborators to ensure the plan has relevant input and broad acceptance by those who will implement it.
  • Recognize how to effectively employ 5 tools for changing the outcome of the next plan you help build.
  • Discover the 5 components that must be part of every successful strategic planning process.
  • Discover how to write, in collaboration with others, a strategic plan that will have clear goals, measurable milestones, and accountability for taking appropriate and timely action.

 

 

Last updated/reviewed: December 01, 2017

3 Reviews (16 ratings)Reviews

5
Member's Profile
The course is a great tool for revisiting your long range/ strategic planning skills. Although it focuses on NPO, it is still very relevant to other organizations as a whole.
4
Anonymous Author
Very relevant to my board work. This is a good soft skill presentation about those attributes important for leading a non profit into the future.
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Prerequisites

Course Complexity: Intermediate

Prerequisite: Exposure to organizational strategy and the material will be most meaningful if you have served or currently serve on a nonprofit board or on the management team. This is particularly true for small to mid-sized organizations whose planning culture has not been fully developed, i.e., the organization has no strategic plan or has one but doesn’t manage to it effectively.

Advanced Preparation: None

 

Education Provider Information

Company:
Illumeo, Inc., 75 East Santa Clara St., Suite 1215, San Jose, CA 95113
Contact:
For more information regarding this course, including complaint and cancellation policies, please contact our offices at (408) 400- 3993 or send an e-mail to .
Course Syllabus
INTRODUCTION AND OVERVIEW
Strategic Planning
  18:30Why Do Organizations Plan?
  5:575 Changes to Make First
  13:49Strategic Plan Framework
  8:48Strategic Plan Sections
CONCLUSION
  10:57How To Manage The Plan
SUPPORTING MATERIALS
  PDFSlides: Strategic Planning for the Nonprofit Organization
  PDFStrategic Planning for the Nonprofit Organization Glossary/Index
REVIEW & TEST
  quizREVIEW QUESTIONS
 examFINAL EXAM