Category Archives: Strategic Planning

Client Spotlight: YWCA Lower Cape Fear

In 2015, the YWCA Lower Cape Fear realized it needed to develop a new strategic plan. “There had not been one for at least six years,” says Jenni Harris, President of YWCA’s Board of Directors. “We were in a position where we needed guidance on how to grow into a strong, functioning organization.” YWCA contracted …

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Collective Impact: Management & Design Best Practices

Design and implement your collective initiative with a priority placed on equity. Address systemic structures and practices that create barriers to equitable outcomes for all populations, particularly along lines of race and class. Be intentional about the collective design to ensure that an “equity lens” is in place throughout the process. Include community members in …

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Is Going Cloud-Based Right for Your Organization? A Quiz

There are lots of reasons for organizations to move their operations to cloud computing—or Internet-based computing—including significant cost savings and increased collaboration. Take this quiz to find out if your organization is ready! A answers are worth 1 point, B answers 2 points, and C answers 3 points. Add your points to find your results …

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Considering the Collective Impact Model? Where to Look, What to Ask

Here are a few places to turn to when seeking partners for a collective: State and Community Partnerships Identify community organizations and those focused on systems change. Support and Intermediary Organizations Develop relationships with grassroots organizations and universities that can help with research and offer skills and professional development for partners. Grantmakers They can help build …

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3 Nonprofits that Successfully Rebranded — and How They Did It

There are many reasons why organizations choose to rebrand themselves. Outdated logos, mergers, and misperceptions of an organization’s mission are all compelling reasons to reinvent a nonprofit’s image. Here are three nonprofits that survived the rebranding process thanks to planning, strategy, and forward thinking. 1. YMCA of the USA  In 2010, the YMCA underwent a …

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What Are the True Costs of Burnout for Nonprofits?

Burnout occurs in every sector, but it has a special reputation among nonprofits. Google “nonprofit burnout” and you’ll find a book-length list of articles dedicated to preventing or managing this all-too-common occurrence. Yet while the human costs of burnout have been well explored–low morale, health-damaging stress, job dissatisfaction—many nonprofits do not consider the significant cultural …

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Is Your Nonprofit Ready to Take on Social Entrepreneurship?

Multiple nonprofits have successfully become social enterprises to create new revenue streams and further their mission. Girl Scouts of the USA sells cookies and empowers girls, Juma Ventures operates concessions stands and employs economically disadvantaged teens, and the Women’s Bean Project hires women with backgrounds of chronic unemployment to manufacture gourmet goods. Social enterprise means …

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Is #GivingTuesday Dead?

Launched in 2012 to kickstart the holiday giving season, Giving Tuesday has become a fundraising phenomenon in the U.S. and beyond. In 2016, donors from 98 countries and territories participated, bringing in $168 million dollars online. But is Giving Tuesday becoming too popular as a fundraising strategy among nonprofits? Jason Parker, a communications and development …

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Client Spotlight: Center for Inquiry-Based Learning

For more than 15 years, the Center for Inquiry-Based Learning (CIBL), a Durham-based nonprofit, has provided STEM kits, STEM program consulting, and professional development to teachers and schools across North Carolina. But in 2014, CIBL’s leadership realized they had a problem. Earlier that year, CIBL had begun to see an ominous shift in its funding …

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Crafting a Nonprofit Strategic Plan? 11 Questions to Answer Before Moving Forward

Who will be responsible for leading the evaluation and monitoring process? What will be evaluated? When will the strategic plan be reviewed? How will the plan be modified and monitored? Do we have a powerful strategic plan? How easy is it to “sell” or explain to key stakeholders? How exciting is the plan? Will it …

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