Strategic planning fails for various reasons:
- tedious, time-consuming process
- obvious, vague, or unmeasurable actions
- ignored once plan is written (or plan never quite finished)
- adds tasks to an already over-stretched staff
- results not visible to stakeholders
- does not advance... (continued)
The missions of many nonprofits focus on pushing for social change or preparing people to adapt to the larger forces of change around them. Other nonprofits preserve and share a cultural heritage in the face of change. Organizational change in its various forms, however, can be much less familiar and manageable.
Facilities are an extraordinarily expensive solution to any need. If you need to build—or think you might—there are ways to reduce your costs, your risks and your stress, and increase the benefits you will derive from your new or renovated facility.
We use the term integrated planning to describe a composite of planning activities that together provide the structure, direction and guidance needed by an organization. While the composite will vary in different situations, an understanding of the principles and framework for integrated planning will help to make each of the... (continued)
Focused intently on the services they provide, non-profit organizations are often unaware of the substantial asset they have in their brand identity. Not just a function of retailing consumer products, brand identity can offer reinforcement of mission, operating stability, and increased revenue, tying together diverse... (continued)
If the truly important things are qualitative, how can the real value of what we do be measured in any meaningful way? Quantitative measures are not a substitute for qualitative goals, but when developed and used thoughtfully, they are essential tools to assist in reaching them.
Here’s my claim: a mission statement is a fundamental tool of strategy, focus, marketing, and identity. It provides the shortest route to your goal… for the simple reason that without it you don't really know (collectively) what your goal is.
Before launching any substantial facility project, nonprofit boards and CEOs should have a clear sense of the entire process so that they can seize opportunities and avoid pitfalls.
This webinar touches on the critical information a board and CEO need to have to increase quality and value in the conception, design and... (continued)
Nonprofit boards have been defined as ineffective groups of effective people. What does it take to energize and get the most out of a board?
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An institution facing or creating change must attend to many kinds of
planning. Integrating all planning efforts prevents uncoordinated —or even
conflicting—results. Enormous gains can be made when all areas of planning
are developed in an integrated sequence, with a regular cycle of strategic,
business and program... (continued)