Strategic Planning for Nonprofits

Strategic plans look into the future three to five years, setting up the goal posts your organization wants to hit by the end of the plan. We’ve talked before about inspirational versus practical planning and about journey versus route, but here’s a quick reminder. When it comes to nonprofit organizational planning, the inspirational view –…

Tactical Planning for Nonprofits

What is a tactical plan? Tactical plans break-down an organization’s goals and needs for a short period of time, usually 12 to 18 months. They can work as a support to an overall strategic plan (three to five year goals) or they can work as a catalyst to get an organization’s board on-track to tackle…

Board Meetings: Introduction

Today we launch into a new section in our Board Basics Training course. We are going to shift focus from documents and policies to what you need for the best possible board meetings. Board meetings are the most vital (and often time consuming) aspect of what it means to be a board member on an…

Organizational Committee Structure

Most of your organization’s work happens on the committee level, be it day-to-day issues or fundamental/big-picture planning. That is why it is important to have a clear committee structure for your organization. We have talked before about the need for job descriptions and committee charters. These documents make sure everyone has a clear understanding of…