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Nonprofit Strategic Planning: Develop a Plan That Will Actually Be Used!

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You can do it! You can develop a plan that works. You can get people in your organization not only willing, but enthused, about writing the plan, and you can implement the plan to bring about change in your organization.

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Nonprofit Strategic Planning is the book you need if you serve on the board or hold a management position in a nonprofit.

Okay, we know—you’d love to do strategic planning but who has the time? You’re running a nonprofit, working lean and mean. You’re overworked and understaffed. You’re busy serving your mission. Your clients come first. Your board doesn’t want to get bogged down in meeting after meeting to plan for the future. We need to deal with today!

What, you say you wouldn’t love to do strategic planning? You’ve been there, done that, and have the battle scars to prove it. You have a dandy plan that is somewhere in your office—let’s see now, where was that plan again?

Oh darn, those pesky funders are asking to see our plan. Well, I guess if we have to do it, let’s get it over as quickly and painlessly as possible.

Oh wait, those clients that come first—have I really thought about their future? And those board members that don’t want to take time to plan—do they really understand our mission and vision? And those staff people who are so overworked—could we make their job easier and their work time more productive?

Hmm, maybe this planning idea isn’t so bad after all. But—how can I do it while balancing all my other work?

We’ve been there and done this ourselves. This is why we, the authors, wrote the book—to let you know you can do it, too. You can develop a plan that works. You can get people in your organization not only willing, but enthused, about writing the plan, and you can implement the plan to bring about change in your organization.

In this book the authors cover:

Chapter One: Why Strategic Planning?

Chapter Two: Planning to Plan

Chapter Three: Who Will Participate?

Chapter Four: Close Encounters with Assessments, Scans, and Audits

Chapter Five: The Planning Retreat

Chapter Six: Values, Mission, and Vision

Chapter Seven: Goals and Objectives

Chapter Eight: Strategies and Tactics (Action Steps)

Chapter Nine: Timelines, Budgets, and Areas of Responsibility

Chapter Ten: Financing the Plan

Chapter Eleven: The Product

Chapter Twelve: Ensuring Board Buy-In

Chapter Thirteen: Implementing the Plan

Chapter Fourteen: Monitoring and Evaluating the Plan

Chapter Fifteen: Planning for the Next Plan

Appendix A: Sample Plan

Appendix B: Planning Tools

Appendix C: Sample Benchmarking

Appendix D: Templates

About the In the Trenches Series

You’ll know an In the Trenches book not just by its cover but also by the author’s fun, upbeat writing style. But don’t be fooled by its down-to-earth approach and ample use of sidebars. In the Trenches books, published by CharityChannel Press, are authoritative and cover what a beginner should know to get started and progress rapidly as well as what a more experienced nonprofit-sector practitioner needs to know to move forward in the subject.

Lynne Dean, AuthorLynne T. Dean, CFRE, began her career as a journalist and served as reporter and editor for a number of magazines and newspapers. After five years in journalism and public relations, she switched to the nonprofit world and has been working in development for more than twenty years. She has worked for a museum, college, botanical center, and hospital and she currently serves as Director of Institutional Advancement at Northwest Vista College, one of the Alamo Colleges in San Antonio, Texas.

She has also worked as a capital campaign consultant for CCS and Custom Development Solutions before starting her own firm in 2006. Lynne was a key part of the More than Houses campaign, which raised more than six hundred million dollars for Habitat for Humanity International. In addition to her work with Habitat affiliates in Dallas, Denver, St. Charles County in Missouri, and Spokane, she has conducted successful fundraising activities and campaigns raising more than $20 million for nonprofits in healthcare, human services, education, and arts and culture.

Lynne received the CFRE designation, a level of recognition obtained by completing training and testing and demonstrating professionalism and talent in the field. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin and has also completed special studies in journalism. In addition to her full-time position, she continues her consulting practice and also provides training and coaching.

She is a contributing author of You and Your Nonprofit: Practical Advice and Tips from the CharityChannel Professional Community and an article contributor for CharityChannel. Lynne also serves as an editor for CharityChannel Press and For the Genius Press.

She is immediate past president of the Partnership for Philanthropic Planning San Antonio Chapter and has served on the AFP External Communications Committee and the American Alliance of Museums Development and Membership Standing Committee Executive Board. She serves as CFRE Chair and Employment Opportunities Chair for the AFP San Antonio chapter.

Linda Lysakowski, ACFRELinda Lysakowski, ACFRE, is graduate of Alvernia University and AFP’s Faculty Training Academy, receiving the designation Master Teacher for the latter. She is one of one hundred professionals worldwide to hold the Advanced Certified Fund Raising Executive designation. Linda is the president of Linda Lysakowski, LLC, dedicated to inspiring creativity and philanthropy.

In her twenty plus years as a philanthropic consultant, Linda has managed capital campaigns, helped hundreds of nonprofit organizations achieve their development goals, and trained more than 26,000 development professionals in Canada, Mexico, Bermuda, Egypt, and most of the fifty United States.

Linda is the author of a number of titles published by CharityChannel Press, the publishing imprint of the CharityChannel professional community:

Fundraising as a CareerFundraising is one of the hottest careers in the United States. So no, you are definitely NOT crazy! It is also probably one of the least understood careers, sometimes even by those who are in it. Fundraising as a Career: What, Are You Crazy? was written to enlighten anyone who wonders about a career in fundraising, wants to advance in their mid-stream fundraising career, or hire a development person onto staff. The book gives you an insider’s view that will equip you for success. It helps you examine the many possibilities in the field of development and assess whether you have the right skills, personality, and enthusiasm for the job.

Capital Campaigns: Everything You NEED to KnowCapital Campaigns: Everything You NEED to Know is a practical, down-to-earth guide that will take the “pain” out of your capital campaign. Is your organization considering a capital, endowment, or other major fundraising campaign? Do you work for or serve on the board of a nonprofit that is thinking about or ready to launch a capital campaign? Many organizations launch campaigns that disrupt the annual giving program, drain the staff, and fail to reach their goals for a number of reasons discussed by Linda in the book.

Raise More Money from Your Business Community: A Practical Guide to Tapping into Corporate Charitable GivingRaise More Money from Your Business Community: A Practical Guide to Tapping into Corporate Charitable Giving is based on research and practical experience that will enable you to raise more money from your business community. It will help you:

  • Identify the types of businesses likely to give
  • Communicate with business leaders in a more compelling manner
  • Involve volunteers from the business world in your fundraising activities
  • Understand why businesses support their local communities and why some organizations are successful in their approaches to businesses and others are not.
  • Reach beyond event sponsorship as a way to involve the business community.
  • Understand the corporate/foundation relations fallacy and why it often does not work.
  • Learn the secrets used by successful nonprofits when asking for money from businesses.
  • Involve your board members in developing their business network for your organization.
  • Plan an annual business appeal.

The Leaky Bucket: What's Wrong with Your Fundraising and How You Can Fix it, by Ellen Bristol and Linda Lysakowski, ACFREEven some of the finest fund development programs have leaks—pockets of inefficiency that, left unaddressed, will continue to reduce the support the nonprofit organization receives from its fundraising program. The Leaky Bucket: What’s Wrong with Your Fundraising and How You Can Fix, coauthored with Ellen Bristol, is a groundbreaking book that shows you how to find the leaks and plug them quickly and effectively. This book is a must-read for every nonprofit fundraiser, senior executive, and board member. Raising money is truly mission critical. The authors detail every area where your agency can improve results, not just for today but for year after year after year.

YOU and Your Nonprofit BoardIn YOU and Your Nonprofit Board: Advice and Practical Tips from the Field’s Top Practitioners, Researchers, and Provocateurs, Linda joins a star-studded cast of collaborators assembled  from the CharityChannel professional community by editor Terrie Temkin. This remarkable board volume that delivers the wisdom of the nonprofit world’s leading practitioners, researchers, and provocateurs. This easily-digestible book is a must for board directors and anyone who is interested in effective nonprofit leadership. The focused, short essay format makes it easy for the reader to absorb the authors’ thinking on a variety of topics: some traditional—such as board member roles and responsibilities, recruitment, meeting management, and evaluation—and others not so much. For instance, you’ll find articles on coaching for directors, the value of conversation, and several new structures for governance.

YOU and Your NonprofitLinda served as the coeditor, along with Norman Olshansky, and contributing author of You and Your Nonprofit: Practical Advice and Tips from the CharityChannel Professional Community. It was written for those who want to learn more about the nonprofit sector or improve their knowledge and skills related to nonprofit leadership, management and fundraising. Peer-reviewed articles selected for inclusion in this book have been contributed by nationally known experts within the nonprofit sector.

The Nonprofit Consulting PlaybookLinda and Susan Schaefer, both successful nonprofit-sector consultants in their own right, coedited The Nonprofit Consulting Playbook: Winning Strategies from 25 Leaders in the Fielda first-of-its-kind insight into the everyday lives of consultants to the nonprofit sector. This collection of firsthand contributions from some of the most respected consultants in the nonprofit sector takes the reader on a journey that spans a consultant’s professional life—from the decisions that formed the business to a detailed set of options for winding it down.

 

Fundraising for the GENIUS, Second EditionLinda is also the author of the first book written for For the GENIUS Press, also an imprint of CharityChannel. Whether you are a “newbie” to fundraising, an experienced fundraiser concerned about shrinking funding sources, or want to become a fundraising “superstar,” Fundraising for the GENIUS will give you the answers you need to succeed. Learn how to develop an integrated fundraising program that allows you to leverage your human and financial resources to create a strong organization. Why do we call this book a GENIUS book? Thomas Edison famously said:

Genius is one percent inspiration, ninety-nine percent perspiration.
—Thomas Edison

Reading this For the GENIUS book shows that you have the inspiration to master the art and science of fundraising. Linda helps you with the perspiration part by showing you how to dramatically increase your fundraising results by employing tried-and-true methods used by the most successful nonprofits and institutions.

In additional, Linda is author of:  Recruiting and Training Fundraising Volunteers, The Development Plan,  and The Matriarch (a novel). She is a contributing author to The Fundraising Feasibility Study—It’s Not About the Money, and coauthor of  The Essential Nonprofit Fundraising Handbook, and Your New Donor.

About the In the Trenches Series

You’ll know an In the Trenches™ book not just by its cover, but by the author’s fun, upbeat writing style. But don’t be fooled by its down-to-earth approach and ample use of sidebars. In the Trenches books are authoritative and cover what a beginner should know to get started and progress rapidly, and what a more experienced nonprofit-sector practitioner needs to move forward in the subject.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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