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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, beginning in January 2019, a $10 registration fee will be charged to nonmembers. ASP members will continue to be able to join these sessions for free as a benefit of their membership.

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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!

Thanks so much!
Denise McNerney

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.

Interesting Reads

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


August 19, 2020

Performance, Progress and Accountability: Creating Outcome and Impact KPIs
Price: FREE for everyone

May 20, 2020

Strategy in the Real World: Developing a Clear Picture and Winning the Board
Price: FREE for everyone

February 19, 2020

 Creating an Innovation Culture
Price: FREE for everyone



October 15, 2019

Research Tips and Resources for Environmental Assessments
Price: FREE for everyone

June 3, 2019

2019 and Beyond: ASP, Nonprofit Center for Excellence & First Mondays
Price: FREE for everyone

May 6, 2019

The Performance Imperative A Tool for Building Continuous Learning & Improvement into Your Nonprofit
PriceFREE for Members and $10 for Non-Members

April 1, 2019

Collaborative Strategic Planning as a Catapult to Regional Success
PriceFREE for Members and $10 for Non-Members

March 4, 2019

Integrating Risk, Governance and Strategy

February 4, 2019

When, How, Who: Practical Guide to Establishing Strategic Partnerships
PriceFREE for Members and $10 for Non-Members

January 7, 2019

Lessons from the Front Lines: Start Up to Sustainability
PriceFREE for Members and $10 for Non-Members



December 3, 2018

Start Less, Finish More: Building Strategic Agility with Objectives and Key Results

November 5, 2018

Nonprofit Strategic Planning: What Does It Really Cost to Deliver Impact?

October 1, 2018

Lessons from the Front Lines: Creating and Sustaining a Nonprofit Collaboration

June 4, 2018

Research Findings on Strategic Planning Practices & Organizational Success
Click here for Findings on Strategic Planning Practices & Organizational Success. 

May 5, 2018

What’s trending? #Nonprofits: Implications for Strategy

April 2, 2018

Inform. Inspire. Engage…. Keys to Developing and Monitoring Strategic Business Plan Activity

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 

Upcoming Events
Continuity Strategy: Preparing Organizations for the Next Unexpected Event – The Inevitable Unknown
Wednesday, November 18, 2020

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