Strategic Planning for Nonprofits
Nonprofit organizations are vital to the quality of life we all enjoy in this country. The role strategic planning and management processes play are essential to nonprofits in many ways. Boards, staff, volunteers, funders and other stakeholders alike all depend on strategic planning processes to illuminate the path forward, align resources and document outcomes.
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Purpose of the ASP Nonprofit Community of Practice
The ASP Nonprofit Community of Practice is dedicated to learning, sharing and collaborating to insure the highest quality strategic planning and management services are provided to help these organizations focus, make better decisions and fulfill their vital missions.
NPCE First Mondays:
The ASP Nonprofit Center for Excellence invites you to join us for First Mondays, our monthly community conversations on topics relevant to strategic plan development, implementation and management. Notes from each session will be shared with participants and a recording will be posted to the ASP YouTube channel.
Also, keep in mind we are looking for topics/facilitators for these sessions, so please send us your ideas!
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ASP Vice President & Chair-Nonprofit Community of Practice
The ASP Nonprofit Community of Practice Annotated Bibliography
The Community of Practice has begun preparing an annotated bibliography of resources for Nonprofit Strategy and Strategic Planning.
Our annotated bibliography or "wiki" is a work in progress, and you are welcome to read existing resources and annotations and add your own favorites. Resources in red have yet to be annotated, so feel free to offer your short summaries.
Finding the Unicorn: Developing Meaningful Performance Measures
By Lynne Brown, VP. Strategic Consulting, iBossWell, Inc., ASP Nonprofit Center for Excellence
Ask someone who works in a nonprofit organization what they think about tracking the performance and outcomes of the work they do, and odds are, you’ll hear them say they believe in having a systematic approach for evaluating the effectiveness of their programs and services, and they want to quantify the impact those efforts have on the communities and constituents they serve. Then, if they’re like many people working in the sector, the next thing you’ll hear is a sigh. Possibly a heavy one. That’s because while the nonprofit community is abuzz with talk about program performance and outcomes, and there are literally hundreds of articles and websites explaining how vital it is to measure these efforts (believe us, we googled), there seems to be no universal agreement about what a good program outcome measure looks like. The search for performance measures feels a little like searching for a unicorn
Understand Your “Why” (aka the Purpose of Your Organization & Programs)
Organizations are different, programs are different, constituents served are different, financial and staff resources are different, levels of experience in assessment and measurement are different. While you can find examples of program process measures (how many, how often, where, who) and progress/performance measures for areas like fundraising, HR, marketing, and financial analysis, trying to find outcome measures that match up with the specific efforts/intentions of your programs or services can feel like an impossible quest.
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Nonprofit Center for Excellence First Mondays Discussion - Archive
March 5, 2018
Launching and Guiding Strategic Transformation: A Case Study
February 5, 2018
Strategic Foresight: Navigating Uncertainty with Purpose
December 4, 2017
Facilitating the People-Side: No More “Meetings-From-Hell”
November 6, 2017
Tapping Group Wisdom and Stimulating Imagination for Proactive Planning
October 2, 2017
June 5, 2017
What does quality programming look like? (Part 2)
May 1, 2017
Defining the Board's Role in Strategic Planning
April 3, 2017
What does quality programming look like?
March 6, 2017
Engaging Stakeholders in the Planning Process
February 6, 2017
Want an Effective Strategic Plan? Pay Attention to the Planning Process
January 9, 2017
Nonprofit Center for Excellence 2017 Plans & Activities
December 5, 2016
Strategic Plan Assessment and Quality Improvement
April 14, 2016
A Systems Approach to Nonprofit Strategic Planning
March 7, 2016
Alternative Planning Methods