The Board Member's Guide to Strategic Planning: A Practical Approach to Strengthening Nonprofit Organizations / Edition 1by Fisher Howe
Pub. Date: 03/06/1997
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
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
Table of Contents
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.
A. Often-Heard Objections to Strategic Planning and Replies to Them
B. A Sample Consulting Plan.
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