The Small Nonprofit Podcast: Strategic planning with Ashley Whitworth

We all know that a strategic plan is so important for organizational growth and operations - but it can feel overwhelming and expensive. In this episode, Ashley Whitworth, senior manager at BDO, teaches us how to run a strategic planning...

Five tips to improve staff and stakeholder consultations

A strategic planning or visioning exercise should be a time of hope and opportunity for any company or organization. A successful process will engage staff and stakeholders to better inform decision making and to communicate relevant information along the way....

Designing a new way of thinking: A new approach to solving social problems

This past October 30, leaders from across Canada gathered at a hotel in Waterloo, Ontario for a week to explore new and innovative ways of measuring and improving child well-being in Canada. An initiative of UNICEF Canada, it was largely...

Planning for success: Top ten strategic planning tips

Anyone who has experience in managing nonprofit organizations understands the importance of excellence in strategic planning. Every few years, or at least upon the occurrence of a fundamental change in the organization, it is essential to sit back with the...

The balanced scorecard: From strategic plan to effective execution

Sound strategic planning is critical for an organization’s success because it helps define and communicate what the organization wants to accomplish and the steps necessary to get there. Unfortunately, less than 10% of strategies are effectively executed according to Fortune...

Implementing a strategic plan

In an earlier article, Making Strategy Happen, I examined the factors to be taken into account for the successful implementation of a strategic plan. Since the fall season typically brings a period of annual planning and budgeting for nonprofits, it's...

Strategic planning made simple

Many who have experienced strategic planning will relate to this scenario: the facilitator with an impressive PowerPoint featuring graphs, intersecting circles, and colourful charts to suggest how the planning process flows and makes sense. There are even handouts explaining the...

How to build your legacy

Whether in executive search practice, or providing training to Board volunteers, as a management consultant I inevitably ask others about achieving a legacy. In a hiring interview, the question typically goes something like this: "what will others say has been...

Fundraising Q&A: The art of strategic planning

Last month's article wrapped up with the benefits of Strategic Planning. That list will have convinced your board and chief executive of the importance of this process! With increasing competition for limited funds, engaged volunteers and dedicated staff your charity...

Fundraising Q&A: The relationship between the fundraising and strategic plan

Can you elaborate on last month's article and help me understand the relationship between the fundraising plan and strategic plan? In an article entitled "How Fundraising Flows from Strategic Planning" it states: "The key to raising money is control, which...