Can a strategic plan help your nonprofit? Many nonprofits think it can’t. They think that external circumstances make it impossible to plan for anything.
This is a very disempowering thought.
And very unhealthy for everyone involved in this work.
And totally against anything I believe about nonprofits.
Because for me, nonprofits are THE role model of taking your own destiny in your own hands. Taking power. Gaining control of the things that are wrong. In order to create a better version of our world and societies.
And that’s when you need a plan. And a strategic approach to create a clever plan that defines your vision, harnesses your strengths and uses opportunities that present themselves. A plan that also helps you be ready for anything that might get in your way.
Because of course we never know what will happen for sure.
But if you invest some time in creating a good strategic plan you’ll have some well-founded ideas of what might happen. And with these, you can prepare for worst case scenarios.
And you’ll see that if you’re prepared, their impact is much less disruptive. Because, in a way, they’re part of your clever plan already.
So, yes, anything can happen. But it pays off to have a strategic plan, because you’ll no longer be taken by surprise and can simply move to plan b, or c, or d…
How I can help
With my free mini course Build a solid base for your nonprofit you can get develop your vision, mission, value statement and an outline of your strategic directions.
You can join my new group coaching programme Strategic Planning for nonprofits if you want to have my help in developing a strategic plan for your nonprofit. We’ll take 12 weeks to go through 12 steps of visioning, researching & analysing and planning, so you’ll be READY for 2024!
Want to know more and ask questions?
If you want to discuss this more and maybe share your stories for feedback – jump into my nonprofit support community and get input from a wide range of peers and from myself!
Here is how you can join my free nonprofit support community
You can join my free nonprofit support community on the Heartbeat platform here. This group is a safe space for open exchange and discussion on potentially sensitive topics like boards, nonprofit management, fundraising, etc.
You can visit the community via a browser or via an app. Here is the link to download the Heartbeat chat app in the Google Play store.
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