Why Do NPO’s Need Business Plans?

Why Do NPO’s Need Business Plans?

Do you really need a business plan? When was the last time you took a critical look at all aspects of your organization—your programs or services, your members or constituents, your staffing, your systems? Are you thinking about succession issues? Are your funders...
The Myth of Setting Priorities

The Myth of Setting Priorities

One of the most frequent requests we get from executive directors, managers, and employees is to help them set priorities. The request, on the surface, is logical. Somehow, if we just all knew, and agreed to priorities, it would solve the not-enough-time-in- the-day...
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...
Outcomes Don’t Equal Impact

Outcomes Don’t Equal Impact

Strategic planning can bring up a lot of big picture questions. What is our vision for the future? What are our strategic goals? Should we grow and expand our staff? How can we raise more money? For nonprofit organizations, answers to questions like these actually...