5 Strategies to Take Your Organization to the Next Level

5 Strategies to Take Your Organization to the Next Level

Not all organizations can go-to-scale, but all organizations have inflection points when getting to the next level is appropriate—or even imperative. The term “next level” is generally associated with an organization’s lifecycles, moving from one stage to another like...
3 Ways to Prepare Your Board for Planning

3 Ways to Prepare Your Board for Planning

A new client asked me a great question the other day: What can my board do now to get the most out of our strategic planning process next year? Our talk reminded me that for many nonprofits there is a lag between making the decision to engage in planning and starting...
To Vision or Not to Vision

To Vision or Not to Vision

To vision or not to vision. That is the question. Recently, a friend who works for a large nonprofit shared his plans to take the staff through a visioning process. He had carefully reviewed the organizational development literature and was excited to use the approach...

Fundraising Training Is Not Fundraising

“Sustainable funding is within the reach of every nonprofit organization if they dedicate themselves to making this happen.” “Fundraising training is one of the many ways we can help ensure that you efficiently and effectively grow your operational...

Dust-Covered Plans

One question I always ask while preparing for any planning process is: “What needs to come out of this process for you to consider it successful?” Do you want to know what I hear most often? “I want a clear path forward. And I don’t want this to be one of those plans...
Deciding What Comes Off the Plate

Deciding What Comes Off the Plate

One of the most important steps in strategic planning happens after you create your strategic plan. If you used your planning process to actually make strategic decisions, then you must ask: “Based on what we do now and our plans for the future, what comes off the...