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Strategic and Business Planning for Nonprofits | National Council of Nonprofits

July 3, 2011

Strategic planning has grown up! It’s no longer sufficient to engage  your organization’s board in a planning retreat that results in staff spending hours and hours drafting a plan for the board’s approval that sits on the shelf and is never referred to again. Instead, the “new normal” for strategic planning gets the board engaged in defining strategy, committing to measurable goals, approving strategic objectives as well as practical and realistic implementation plans, and finally — committed to revisting the strategies as the organization’s internal and external environment changes. Read these resources to get up-to-speed with the new directions of strategic planning.

Nonprofits with a business plan that anticipates potential fluctuations in revenue are generally better able to weather the storms of economic upheaval. The following business planning resources offer strategies nonprofits can use to reduce their susceptibility to the negative impact of economic downturns.

Business Continuity Planning

Are you ready for the sudden loss of revenues or your nonprofit’s inability to conduct programs because of a weather disaster or other unexpected reason?

Recommended Reading

Nonprofit Strategy Revolution: Real-Time Strategic Planning in a Rapid-Response World

Nonprofit Strategy Revolution: Real-Time Strategic Planning in a Rapid-Response World

Management & Leadership : Nonprofit Strategy Revolution: Real-Time Strategic Planning in a Rapid-Response World

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