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DOING LAB | Write the Strategic Plan

Create a strategic plan that includes an environmental scan, with at least three goals and associated objectives, in this Lab for leadership teams. You’ll take away a draft that you can present to the board for adoption, and share with your funders and donors. This roadmap to achieving your organizational priorities will unify everyone involved, giving them in a common understanding of how to move the organization forward.

Today’s nonprofits must have a strategic plan to share with their donors and stakeholders, but strategic plans can be expensive to create – in particular because best practices involve hiring an outside consultant to help you. This Lab provides that outsider perspective at an affordable price, as well as the time, space, and resources (including knowledge, templates, and feedback) your team will need. Over four hands-on sessions, you’ll strengthen your goals, achieve consensus, and create a strong roadmap for the organization.

Join this small-cohort “doing” experience, and create your own strategic plan alongside your fellow nonprofits; sharing and peer-to-peer learning will be encouraged.

 

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  • Understand the fundamentals of strategic planning, including how to conduct your SWOT, PEST, and situational analysis.
  • Draft results-based goals and action-oriented objectives.
  • Develop a focused, purpose-driven first-year implementation plan that will wow your stakeholders.
  • Improve your team’s cohesion, effectiveness, and understanding of effective strategy while completing a plan.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND

  • Executive director and/or staff responsible for creating the strategic plan
  • Board chair or another officer
  • All board members willing to commit

LAB DETAILS

Please bring a laptop! Electronic templates and samples, including strategic plan templates and worksheets for each section, will be provided to download, use in class, and take with you.

You will complete most of the plan in class, using help from our roving consultant, who will provide advice and information for each participating team. (Participation will be limited to a maximum of five teams.)

Expect homework between sessions: We will ask you to complete some sections off-site, which we’ll review in subsequent sessions.

CONSULTANT

Elizabeth Runkle brings a diverse background of generating and implementing innovative and break-through ideas within the social sector, and has worked with low-wealth and marginalized populations for over 12 years. She has advised several nonprofits and small businesses on strategy and business models, with expertise in social enterprise. Learn more

 

 

Program Stats:

Date

Spring Edition: May 2, May 16, June 6 & June 20

Summer Edition: August 15, September 12, September 26 & October 10

Time

5:30pm - 8:00pm

Address

Georgia Center for Nonprofits
Training Room
100 Peachtree Street NW
Atlanta GA 30303

Registration Details

Cost:
$1,200 per organization
Includes 2 to 5 representatives from your organization.
Dinnner is included.

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Note: This is a Nonprofit Consulting Group program, not a Nonprofit University course, so subscriptions do not apply and this program is not eligible for Wells Fargo Scholarships.

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