What Does The Demise of Ringling Bros. Have To Do With Your Nonprofit?

What is the difference between Netflix and Blockbuster? Cirque de Soleil and Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Baiiley Circus?  Amazon and Barnes & Noble? In all three cases, they started out with a very similar product, or at least a similar product offering.  Now, one is thriving and one is … [Read more...]

7 Considerations Before Starting a Nonprofit Strategic Plan

Is the leadership excited by the potential? A nonprofit strategic plan is not something that can be accomplished without the support and excitement of the board and staff. It will take additional time, energy and focus as well as buy-in from the leadership. Without this commitment, the exciting and … [Read more...]

Nonprofit Strategic Planning: the When, the Why and the Who

Nonprofit strategic planning is often used when organizations are: In a strong place and looking to stay that way; Introducing new leadership and want to ensure the organization continues to work towards unified goals; Creating a shared vision as to the future direction of the … [Read more...]

Common Strategic Plan Implementation Mistakes

My children do not go for a yearly doctor’s appointment. They, in fact go for annual wellness checkups. This idea that they are seeing a professional to ensure they are growing, developing and staying on a healthy path is a better message and a strong reminder of what is important. Nonprofits, on … [Read more...]

Minimizing Costs and Risks in a Building Project

by Sam Frank, Principal, Synthesis Partnership New facilities, while exciting, are an extraordinarily expensive commitment, with a variety of hidden costs, and budgets that can easily balloon out of control. If you need to build—or think you might—there are ways to reduce your costs, your risks and … [Read more...]

You Have a New Mission and Vision – Now What?

There are many reasons to ensure your mission and vision are still relevant and supported within your organization. Here are a few: You are about to start a strategic planning process You have had a major change in staff or board leadership You are considering a capital campaign You want … [Read more...]

Focusing on Your Mission and Vision

In the past couple of months I have worked with two organizations as they reconsidered their mission and vision.  While the organizations are drastically different from each other, both were doing this process as the first step in strategic planning.    I was proud of both organizations for taking … [Read more...]

Q. What is the value of a formal, quadrennial, strategic planning process?

A. To put it simply there are concrete benefits to creating a plan. Why? 1 - Creating a plan will engage your board, lay leadership and staff to settle on goals for the next few years. 2 - If you are in an organization where there is an abundance of ideas of what should/could be done but lack … [Read more...]

Q. What is the best way to involve board and staff in a collaborative strategic planning process?

A. It is essential to the success of any strategic planning process—in fact, any aspect of the organization’s endeavor—to have an effective partnership of lay leadership and staff. As strategic planning process is the opportunity to determine the direction of the agency for the next few years. And … [Read more...]

Planning The Plan

Redundancy jokes aside, do you have a plan for your plan? Whether you are about to embark on a strategic plan, a marketing plan or an operational plan, you will need to develop a clear path—towards a successful strategy that can be implemented. The basics of an overall design are the same, no … [Read more...]