Driving Strategic Planning: A Nonprofit Executive's Guide (Second Edition)

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Only nonprofits that plan ahead will succeed in the emerging economy. Create the ideal framework for your board and staff to focus energy and resources toward common goals.

BoardSource's newly updated Driving Strategic Planning: A Nonprofit Executive's Guide (2nd Edition), provides insight into the process to help you clarify where your organization is going, how it's going to get there, and how it will know when it's arrived. The book will help you steer your organization's key stakeholders in the same direction with respect to priorities and long and short-term objectives.

Driving Strategic Planning will help you:

  • successfully obtain board support and participation
  • engage the right stakeholders at the right times
  • identify and manage the various phases in the process

After reading this book, you will have:

  • clarity about what strategic planning is and is not
  • an understanding of why it is important to have a strategic plan
  • enthusiasm to begin planning
  • a commitment to plan and make planning a way of life in your organization

    Driving Strategic Planning includes essential information on the definitions and benefits of strategic planning, the steps to successful strategic planning, the roles of the participants, and what the plan should look like when completed.

    The appendices cover recruiting a strategic planning task force; methods of gathering input; sample trend analysis; sample vision priorities, goals, and actions; a worksheet for involving participants; a guide to choosing a strategic planning consultant; and a sample client-consultant agreement.

    In addition, the accompanying CD-ROM (please note: now downloadable through a link and password obtained with purchase) contains a presentation that will help chief executives explain the strategic planning process to their boards.

    Author: Susan A Waechter

    Pages: 78 pages

    ISBN: 9781586860745