Strategic Planning Philosophy
Strategy eats chaos for breakfast, and a strong strategic plan can help your nonprofit see beyond the false emergencies and focus on achieving your mission.
In fact, the strategic planning process can re-energize your nonprofit organization by engaging board, staff, funders and constituents in a meaningful manner. To help promote this higher level of inclusion, our strategic planning process will develop a general consensus about the organization’s strategic direction, long range objectives and tactical goals. When the process has finished, everyone in your organization should have the ability to articulate:
- Where have we been and how did we get here?
- Where do we want to go and how we will get there?
- What resources do we need to achieve our goals and how we will garner them?
- What roadblocks might exist and how we will overcome them?
- How we will measure achievement of our goals?
Praise from a Strategic Planning Partner
Dolph Goldenburg led us through our first professionally led strategic planning process . . . and helped us to develop a workable plan.
He is a sensitive, calm and diplomatic consultant with a reasoned and detailed approach for managing both current and future needs of an organization. As a former nonprofit executive director, he has a practical, rather than just a theoretical, understanding of organizational management which sets him apart from other consultants.
He has a great sense of humor and the ability to make the strategic planning process enjoyable as well as productive. He can see the big picture while still being able to drill down to the process and detail level. Dolph is also flexible and adaptable, he was able to make changes when challenges arose during the process to keep us on track. He promised a high level of service and that is exactly what we got!
– Rainie Jueschke, Executive Director
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Our Strategic Planning Process
As a strategic planning consultant for many nonprofit organizations, our executive director Dolph Goldenburg has developed the following strategic planning process, which enables our strategic planning partners to develop an effective strategic plan they can implement. This process and the final strategic plan have propelled many organizations to greater levels of success.
You deserve a strategic plan that
- Aligns board, staff and donors around your mission and objectives
- Guides and nurture program growth
- Offers a roadmap for governance
- Supports the chief executive in management decisions
- Serves as a fundraising tool
Nonprofits that develop a robust strategic plan build more effective programs, experience more fundraising success and encounter fewer operational issues. The opposite is also true: charities that fail to plan typically struggle with programs, fundraising and operations.
For this reason, the strategic planning consultant you choose will have a significant impact on your organization for years to come. We offer a planning process that strengthens your organization, builds your board’s effectiveness and engages key constituents (and funders).
The Secret Ingredient: A Work Group
Do you know what sets our planning process apart from the vast majority of other consultants? The strategic planning work group.
We help your organization form a work group that typically includes 4 to 6 board members, your executive director and 2 or 3 leadership volunteers. With the guidance of a trained, experienced facilitator, the work group:
- Conducts the environmental scan
- Drafts proposed changes to the mission, vision and core values
- Reports their findings to the full board
- Designs achievable tactical strategies and objectives
- Reviews (or writes) the draft plan
Work group members finish the process with more knowledge, enthusiasm and excitement for the organization.
Successful Nonprofits offers you two ways to build a great strategic plan:
Full Service Strategic Planning
Successful Nonprofits™ guides organizations through a strategic planning process that achieves broad buy-in from key stakeholders and offers quantifiable benchmarks to measure progress. Our full service planning usually includes facilitating your work group meetings; project management of stakeholder conversations; evaluating your board, fundraising, and finances; facilitating your strategic planning retreat; and ensuring a high-quality strategic plan is completed.
Facilitator Cohort Group
Successful Nonprofits™ created this cohort group for organizations with a qualified volunteer willing to lead strategic planning. The group meets biweekly and walks your facilitator through each step necessary to design a great strategic plan. Registration includes twelve biweekly online sessions, and all of the tools and templates your facilitator will need. This is an excellent opportunity for organizations that cannot afford our full service strategic planning, and the next Facilitator Cohort Group starts on Thursday March 14.
Feedback from a Strategic Planning Partner
Dolph is an incredibly talented leader who helped to change the course of our organization, assessing our community and steering our board toward a solid strategic plan.
He is incredibly organized and professional and also brings fun and expertise to goal setting and organizational guidance. I am so pleased with his work and would recommend him to anyone seeking to take their mission to the next level.
Dolph is also very well connected and helped Zebra Coalition gain more attention on a national scale.
– Heather Wilkie, Executive Director