Creating A Strategic Plan For Your Nonprofit
Nonprofit organizations and their administrators tend to have a narrow outlook regarding operations, focusing on assisting within their community as much as possible to address the immediate problem. However, this mentality doesn’t often consider success in the long-term, which their communities could benefit from even more.
Partnering with established nonprofit experts for strategic planning services is critical for success. Here at CharityNet USA, we know the nonprofit’s focus is its mission, so let our skilled nonprofit professionals help construct your strategic plan and prepare you for the future.
What do we offer?
Our strategic planning services for nonprofit organizations take you through what a strategic plan is, its use, and how to best utilize it. In addition to preparing the plan itself, we provide our clients with a SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats) Analysis, Strategy Development Assistance, and research regarding the mandated regulations for your nonprofit at the state and federal levels.
Additional strategic planning services we offer include board development assistance, governance tools, and general consultation.
Why Choose Us For Your Strategic Planning?
As a nonprofit administrator, you are well aware of the importance of having a plan. Your board, volunteers, and supporters rely on the guidance provided by their leaders. Therefore, having a document that collectively evaluates the steps towards the organization’s mission fulfillment is pivotal in keeping all parties on track. The strategic plan is the framework that keeps the organization focused, and we at CharityNet USA can professionally prepare this and more for your nonprofit.
We help you identify opportunities and solutions to better position your nonprofit for future growth and ongoing support through our strategic planning services. The planning process is a disciplined effort to produce goals and a plan of action. It pushes your team to focus on future efforts necessary for organizational success. The commitment to a planning process requires great responsibility. We have helped many organizations develop a clear vision of the future, providing professional consultation and services to motivate their capacity-building efforts.
Commit To A Strategic Plan Today And Help Secure The Success Of Your Nonprofit!
At CharityNet USA, our nonprofit professionals have extensive experience in assisting organizations. With our one-stop approach, we can not only help you develop your strategy, but also render your plan for less than our competitors charge.
Secure the future of your organization with our strategic planning services for nonprofit organizations at CharityNet USA today.
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Frequently Asked questions
A. Strategic planning refers to a coordinated and systematic process for developing a plan for the overall course and direction of an organization for the purpose of optimizing future potential. The central purpose of this process is to ensure that the course and direction of the organization is well-thought-out, sound and appropriate, and to ensure that the limited resources of the organization are sharply focused in support of the mission. The process encompasses both strategy formulation and implementation.
A. The primary motive for organizations to do strategic planning is to learn and to make decisions about the future of the organization based on that learning. Some specific reasons include:
- To give the organization better control over external forces.
- To serve as a tool for decision making and resource allocation.
- To bring everyone together in the organization so that they are on the same page.
- To raise board member awareness of current issues and operations.
- To reawaken and motivate key people within the organization.
- To create a document suitable for fundraising and public relations planning.
- To relate organizational capacity to community need.
A. Formal mandates are requirements enforced by an authority group, including funders and state and federal governments. Mandates require nonprofit organizations to remain in compliance with a variety of regulations. Failure to identify and remain compliant with all mandates may result in your organization losing funding, paying penalties, having its tax exempt status revoked, or being dissolved completely.
A. The amount of time it takes an organization to complete a strategic plan varies greatly depending on a number of factors, including the size and complexity of the organization, past experience with strategic planning, accessibility of planning data, and time and availability of board and staff. In general, it will take an organization about three to nine months to complete a strategic planning process if they are going at it alone. Working with a nonprofit professional can speed up this process.
A. While there is no right time to do strategic planning, it is usually inadvisable to initiate a strategic planning process if the board is extremely weak, if there are serious internal conflicts, or if top leadership has recently left the organization. There are advantages to doing strategic planning in the early stages of the organization as well as later stages. What will typically differ in the strategic plans is the core focus, strategies, and time span of the plan.
A. Strategic planning is a process that is important for organizations in a variety of situations, including:
- New organizations.
- Organizations that have never conducted a strategic planning session.
- Organizations that would like to add a program or service.
- Organizations experiencing a change in leadership.
- Organizations that have become stagnant.