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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.

 

Please note ASP Nonprofit Center for Excellence's First Mondays is taking the summer off and will resume October 2, 2017.

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.

 

UPDATE ON FIRST MONDAYS AS OF JULY 2017
A quick reminder that our First Monday’s programs are on hiatus for the summer, and will resume on Monday, October 2, 2017.
In the meantime, check out the June and soon to be published July Strategic Edge (ASP’s Newsletter), as there is some great nonprofit practice info in both!
Also, keep in mind we are looking for topics/facilitators for when we resume, so please send us your ideas!
Thanks so much!
Denise McNerney

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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.


Interesting Read

 

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

 

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 

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