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“People often complain about lack of time when the lack of direction is the real problem."
“I get up every morning determined to both change the world and have one hell of a good time. Sometimes this makes planning my day difficult.”
E. B. White
Too often, executives and boards of small to midsize nonprofits assume that long-range planning is a luxury they can’t fit into their packed schedules. That’s a mistake. Given the community benefits these organizations strive for, no effort is more central than building operational decision making that is informed by values choices at the highest level. Especially for organizations with limited financial and human resources, strategic planning is vital in setting priorities and articulating realistic choices.
Unlike a business plan that deals with the here and now, a strategic plan lays out a map for the future of the organization over a given time span, by asking and answering three questions: Where are we going? How will we get there? And at the end of the chosen time frame, how will we know if we’re there?
My Dutch Uncle’s principals have done strategic planning with boards of nonprofits whose annual budgets range from $100,000 to $23 billion. Regardless of budget or staff size, we can help your organization develop a strategic plan—from a bare-bones sketch of ideas and guidelines to a detailed plan spanning three to five years. Using proven techniques, we’ll coach your board and staff through the steps that enable your nonprofit to make mission-driven decisions that involve all stakeholders. Issues may include mission expansion, new program ideas, physical plant improvements, and capital campaigns. The work can take place in conjunction with regular board meetings, during a full-day retreat off site, or combining the two models.