4 Essential Ingredients in Strategic Planning
After decades of facilitating planning processes, here are Lighthouse Counsel’s ingredients for successful strategic planning.
1. Make planning a process
Smart strategic planning takes time; it can’t be accomplished effectively in a daylong retreat (most volunteers and staff cringe at giving up an entire day). Ideas germinate over time, and to make sound decisions, you must have the right leadership (board, planning committee and staff) at the table and a skillful, unbiased facilitator.
Looking for Jeff? You'll find him either on the lake, laughing with good friends, or helping nonprofits develop to their full potential.
Jeff believes that successful fundraising is built on a bedrock of relevant, consistent messaging; sound practices; the nurturing of relationships; and impeccable stewardship. And that organizations that adhere to those standards serve as beacons to others that aspire to them. The Bedrocks & Beacons blog will provide strategic information to help nonprofits be both.
Jeff has more than 25 years of nonprofit leadership experience and is a member of the NonProfit PRO Editorial Advisory Board.