The Board Member's Guide to Strategic Planning: A Practical Approach to Strengthening Nonprofit Organizations / Edition 1

The Board Member's Guide to Strategic Planning: A Practical Approach to Strengthening Nonprofit Organizations / Edition 1

by Fisher Howe
     
 

ISBN-10: 0787908258

ISBN-13: 9780787908256

Pub. Date: 03/06/1997

Publisher: Wiley

Nonprofit board members know that strategic planning can lay the foundation for strong governance, sound management, effective fund raising, and the solid evaluation of mission fulfillment. Unfortunately, board members also often avoid strategic planning — citing everything from lack of time and consultant cost to questioning the value of strategic planning

Overview

Nonprofit board members know that strategic planning can lay the foundation for strong governance, sound management, effective fund raising, and the solid evaluation of mission fulfillment. Unfortunately, board members also often avoid strategic planning — citing everything from lack of time and consultant cost to questioning the value of strategic planning if "things are going so well." This quick, easy-to-use, compact guide for busy nonprofit board members — written by Fisher Howe, a veteran board member and sought-after consultant to nonprofits — demonstrates how strategic planning need not be tedious, irrelevant, or expensive. In fact, it shows how strategic planning can generate interest, enthusiasm, and pride in the performance of an organization. Fisher Howe's practical, no-nonsense approach demystifies the often intimidating strategic planning process, shows why it is essential, and provides detailed instructions for successful execution. Offering illustrative examples and straightforward action steps, Howe guides board members through each critical phase:

  • Putting strategic planning in perspective, from the benefits to the usual barriers to overcome
  • Preparing for and conducting strategic planning — organization, procedures, and design
  • Producing a logic-based future vision of the organization
  • Producing the critical And products — strategic and operational plans
Working from actual case histories drawn from organizations with which he has consulted, Fisher Howe creates a blueprint from which both novice and experienced board members can construct their own strategic plan.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780787908256
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
03/06/1997
Series:
Jossey-Bass NonProfit Sector Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
144
Sales rank:
286,687
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.44(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword.

THE BOARD'S PERSPECTIVE ON STRATEGIC PLANNING.

Benefits of Strategic Planning.

The Board's Responsibility for Strategic Planning.

Examples of Strategic Planning from the Board Perspective.

The Language of Planning.

PREPARING FOR STRATEGIC PLANNING.

Plans for Planning.

Effective Planning Meetings and Retreats.

Using Consultants and Facilitators.

Examples of Boards Preparing for Strategic Planning.

Action Steps: Preparing for Strategic Planning.

CONDUCTING STRATEGIC PLANNING.

Clarifying the Mission: Purpose and Values.

Exploring Internal and External Environments.

Identifying the Critical Issues.

Articulating a Vision.

Examples of Strategic Planning Outcomes.

Action Steps: Conducting Strategic Planning.

FROM PLANNING TO ACTION.

Putting Together the Strategic Plan.

Creating Operational Plans.

Action Steps: Strategic and Operational Plans.

KEYS TO SUCCESSFUL PLANNING.

Principles of Successful Planning.

Final Tips.

Resources.

A. Often-Heard Objections to Strategic Planning — and Replies to Them

B. A Sample Consulting Plan.

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