Strategic Planning for Nonprofits

Professional Development
Academic Level
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This microcredential is best suited for nonprofit executives and managers, board members, community members interested in future board service and small business owners seeking to thoughtfully plan for future growth in a volatile and constantly changing social and economic landscape. 

Every organization should consider how to build and sustain a stakeholder-driven strategic plan to chart a thoughtful future course, improve impact, increase sustainability and respond to constantly evolving environments and markets. Whether you're thinking about putting your first plan in place or need to refresh your existing plan, this series will touch on all the fundamentals of a strategic planning process from preparation and stakeholder engagement through the creation of measurable and time specific annual operating plans to implementation and evaluation.  

This course is split into three 2-hour sessions:  

  1. How to Build and Sustain a Mission and Stakeholder-Driven Strategic Plan: What is a strategic plan and why do we engage in planning? This session includes a review of key concepts and the strategic planning process, from identifying and engaging stakeholders to developing goals and developing, implementing and evaluating a multi-year work plan that is responsive to the rapidly changing environment in which we live. 
  2. You've Committed Your Organization to Strategic Planning... Now What?: In this hands-on session, you will discuss the use of specific tools and activities leading to the identification of thematic goal areas, practice developing concise, clear, implementable, SMART and mission-based goals, and develop supporting objectives for your organization's work plan.
  3. How to Ensure Your Strategic Plan Doesn't Sit on the Shelf and Collect Dust: This session focuses deeply on developing annual operating or work plans for your goals and objectives. You will learn about the use of dashboards to keep your strategic plan front-and-center at staff and board meetings and consider strategies for holding yourself and others accountable for the success of the plan.

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