Hey there, non-profit pals!

Getting organized is always a great place to start with a non-profit, but it certainly isn’t the easiest. So let’s talk about something super important but maybe not the most exciting topic: strategic planning. 

I know, I know, it doesn’t exactly scream “party time,” but trust me, it’s a game-changer for your organization’s success.

So, what exactly is strategic planning? 

Well, think of it like plotting out a roadmap for your nonprofit. It’s all about setting goals, making plans, and figuring out how to get from point A to point B (and beyond).

Now, I get it – setting goals can feel a bit overwhelming. Where do you even start? How do you know if you’re setting the right goals? Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered. Here are a few tips to help you get started:

Start with the big picture

Take a step back and think about your organization’s mission and vision. What are you ultimately trying to achieve? These big-picture goals will guide everything else you do.

Break it down

Once you’ve got your big-picture goals in mind, it’s time to break them down into smaller, more manageable chunks. Think of these as your stepping stones – they’ll help you track your progress and stay on course.

Get specific

When setting goals, it’s important to be as specific as possible. Instead of saying “increase donations,” try something like “increase monthly recurring donations by 20%.” Specific goals are easier to track and measure.

Make it measurable

Speaking of tracking, make sure your goals are measurable. That way, you’ll know exactly when you’ve achieved them (and can celebrate accordingly!).

Be realistic

Setting goals that are too lofty or unrealistic can set you up for disappointment. Be honest with yourself about what you can realistically achieve – it’s better to aim for steady progress than to burn out trying to reach an impossible goal.

Stay flexible

Finally, remember that strategic planning isn’t set in stone. Things change, priorities shift, and that’s okay! Stay flexible and be willing to adjust your goals and plans as needed.

So there you have it – a crash course in strategic planning for nonprofits. It might not be the most thrilling topic, but trust me, it’s worth it in the long run. 

So grab a cup of coffee (or maybe a pot of coffee), gather your team, and start plotting out your nonprofit’s path to success!

And if you need any help, feel free to contact me or consider one of my Nonprofit Toolkits that is packed with templates and start up guides to get you on the road to success that much faster!

If you’re interested in learning more about board management, schedule a free 30-minute consultation with me to see how we can work together.


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