Staging Strategic Planning Retreats

As the facilitator for a retreat, your job begins well before the group arrives at the site. Retreats are most effective
if they are considered a process in a continuum, not an event, and you want the process to evoke passion as well as a
product. To accomplish that, consider the retreat in three stages: pre-retreat planning,... (continued)

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This essay and 26 others are part of a suite of strategic planning essays for the National Endowment for the Arts' Advancement Program, commissioned and edited by Morrie Warshawski ( for a toolkit called LESSONS LEARNED (which was dismantled in 2013).

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TouchStone for NonProfits (Monthly Subscription)

TouchStone is an affordable management tool that allows an organization to build the infrastructure, processes and control they need. With TouchStone, organizations can expect streamlined processes and elimination of redundancy, role clarity and accountability, enhanced ability to train new and existing staff... (continued)


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Social Return on Investment and Its Relevance to Microfinance

The purpose of this Progress Note is to introduce key concepts of SROI to the SEEP Network and broader microfinance communities

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Hitting a Fork in the Road: Recognizing it’s Time to Pull Out a Map

Whether you use the outcomes of your last strategic plan in your day-to-day activities or can’t remember a single goal referenced in it, there will be a time to start the process over again. This article outlines several occurrences that may indicate it is the right or wrong time for your... (continued)

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Mastering Project Management

Organizations that have adopted project management as a key competency have benefited from improved project outcomes, to significant competitive advantages. This book presents the ideas and concepts behind the use of modern project management methods for development organizations.

"Mastering Project Management" portrays details of the... (continued)


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Volunteer Position Description

Before you begin any volunteer recruitment process, the first step is a clear description of the skills, experience and expected deliverables you require for each role. Position descriptions improve your chances that the right volunteer with the right skills will apply. They also set clarity around required deliverables,... (continued)

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