Nonprofit Strategic Planning – A Complete Guide
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by Funding For Good
6d ago
Every nonprofit could benefit from a strategic plan. Funders are increasingly asking to see organizations’ strategic plans. Talented staff and potential hires are increasingly eager to work with organizations that have clear and compelling visions. And, as leaders, we’re all looking to increase our organization’s impact. A nonprofit strategic plan can provide all these benefits and more. In this article, we’ll cover the basics of strategic planning, how nonprofit strategic planning differs from the private sector, and how to make sure your organization’s planning process is successful. What i ..read more
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Maintaining Organizational Culture in a Virtual Environment
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by Funding For Good
1w ago
If you’re an organizational leader, you’ve likely heard the quote: “Culture eats strategy for breakfast.” But what happens when culture doesn’t exist in the traditional sense—between people gathering together—but rather across bits of data transmitted from laptops and cell phones? How can organizations invest in maintaining culture in a virtual environment?w Whether it’s asynchronous work, hybrid schedules, Zoom fatigue, or debates over Slack vs Asana vs Trello, the challenges in creating and maintaining a health workplace culture only seem to be growing. Today, we thought we’d take a look at ..read more
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How to Create Buy-in at Your Organization
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by Funding For Good
1w ago
Have you ever designed an amazing initiative for your organization and set out to get your team on board, only to see the effort fall flat? If so, you’re not alone. The challenge of how to create buy-in plagues leaders and plans across sectors. According to Forbes: Organizations invest millions every year in launching workplace initiatives to improve engagement and culture, only to meet resistance or watch them fizzle out before they ever gain momentum. What often distinguishes a successful workplace initiative from a failed one is the level of buy-in it achieves among staff, leaders, and ot ..read more
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Scenario Planning as a Tool for Strategic Thinking
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by Funding For Good
1w ago
When economic warning signals are flashing, it’s time to take a close look at your organizational strategy. In this article, we’re going to look at scenario planning as a tool for strategic thinking. Including how to make it even more powerful with strategic planning. If you read the news, it’s hard not to worry about the future of your nonprofit or business. Bloomberg has declared that: “Chief Executives, Economists Brace for Recession.” Over at CNBC, the news is that: “CEOs are the most pessimistic they’ve been in more than a decade as world faces a slowdown.” What can an organizational lead ..read more
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What are Vision and Mission Statements vs a Strategic Plan?
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by Funding For Good
1w ago
Vision and mission statements are at the heart of nonprofit work. Our vision and mission articulate our organizations’ reasons for being. They drive our programs. They inspire our volunteers and donors. So, if your organization has solid vision and mission statements, along with an annual plan, you might wonder: Do I still need a strategic plan? Our answer is yes. But to explain why, let’s start with how these documents are different.   Vision Statement vs Mission Statement All nonprofits have vision and mission statements. Many for-profit businesses have them too. Which means there are a ..read more
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How Often Should an Organization Revise its Strategic Plan?
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by Funding For Good
2w ago
A frequent question we hear from strategic planning clients is: How often should our organization revise its strategic plan? Here at Funding for Good, we believe successful strategic planning is an active process, not just a static product. Which means that organizations should be reviewing and updating their strategic plan on an ongoing basis. If a strategic plan is a roadmap for your organization’s future, then it should be used like a roadmap! Imagine you’re on a road trip without GPS or a cell phone. How often do you look at your roadmap? At every turn. Which is exactly how you should trea ..read more
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What is a Fundraising Plan vs a Strategic Plan?
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by Funding For Good
2w ago
At first glance, the difference between a fundraising plan and a strategic plan seems pretty obvious. One is about fundraising. One is about strategy. But what about a strategic fundraising plan? Or developing a fundraising strategy? What do you call it when your strategic plan also delves into revenue streams and fundraising strategies? The truth is strategic plans and fundraising plans should be closely intertwined. Let’s delve into how.   Fundraising Plan vs Strategic Plan At its most basic level, a fundraising plan details how much you need to raise to meet your organization’s operati ..read more
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5 Ways to Boost Fundraising with a Strategic Plan
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by Funding For Good
2w ago
A nonprofit strategic plan costs money and time. But can it pay for itself with better fundraising? Here at Funding for Good, our answer is a resounding, yes! At its heart, nonprofit fundraising is about showing donors how their contributions will create impact in the world. Which is exactly what a strategic plan does.   What’s Included in a Strategic Plan? A nonprofit strategic plan spells out what your organization wants to accomplish over a 3-5-year period and how you intend to do it. We call it a “roadmap” for where your organization wants to be and the impact you want to achieve. Whi ..read more
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What is an Annual Plan vs a Strategic Plan?
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by Funding For Good
2w ago
Each January, department heads around the country and the world sit down to craft their annual plan. Unfortunately, many of us start our annual planning with a great big sigh. Sure, some organizations launch annual planning in October or November, or perhaps they follow fiscal years that vary from calendar years. But even so, January still brings a moment of fresh reflection. We’re rested up from the holidays. We’ve made our New Year’s resolutions. We have twelve months of untapped potential ahead. We should be enthusiastic and ready to jump into the new year! So why does annual planning so of ..read more
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What is a Project Plan vs a Strategic Plan?
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by Funding For Good
2w ago
What’s the difference between a project plan and a strategic plan? Plenty it turns out. Sometimes it seems like the business and nonprofit worlds are drowning in plans. We’ve got annual plans. We’ve got project plans. And then we’re also supposed to have strategic plans? How are we supposed to get anything done if all we do is plan? The truth is, yes, sometimes we do spend too much time planning. But it’s not planning that’s the issue. The problem is not creating the right plans for the right purposes. To start, let’s dig into the difference between a project plan and a strategic plan.   ..read more
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