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A vision of failure

Written By: Peter Wright
February 26, 2007

How to create a long-term plan to prevent organizational failure.

Governance Q&A: To dream big or to be realistic?

Written By: Jane Garthson
January 2, 2007

A Can-Do attitude, while ideal to serve all the community's needs,must be able to work within the boundaries of organizational priorities.

Governance models, board types or best practices?

Written By: Mel Gill
January 2, 2007

An instructional article on choosing what type of board best suited to your organization.

Governance Q&A: Balancing a community's needs with your organization's ability to deliver

Written By: Jane Garthson
November 27, 2006

A look at the values-based decision-making options available to organizations when facing new opportunities.

Evaluating your not-for-profit organization

Written By: Paulette Vinette
November 20, 2006

Not-for-profit organizations are increasingly investing time and resources in planning. Equally important is the task of evaluating the work and progress of the organization, especially as it relates to delivering such plans.

Board assessment? Why bother?

Written By: Mel Gill
October 30, 2006

An article describing the benefits of performance assessment for a board.

The pitfalls and positives of strategic planning

Written By: Louise Chatterton Luchuk
September 25, 2006

A strategic planning consultant and three organizations – ranging in size from one staff member to a team of 180 – share the positives they’ve learned about strategic planning and how to overcome some of the pitfalls.

Tools for nonprofit leaders: Succession planning in the not-for-profit world

Written By: Paulette Vinette
September 18, 2006

What would happen to your organization if the CEO or senior fundraiser were incapacitated and not able to serve for several months or forever? As part of your planning process you need to plan to replace key people if required to do so. It is called succession planning.

Issues in implementing a project management office

Written By: Blair Witzel
September 11, 2006

This article provides you with some of the common yet hard-won wisdom and lessons learned that have been gained from professionals deploying PMOs.

Defining what your project management office will do

Written By: Blair Witzel
July 17, 2006

To deploy a PMO, you need to start with a Terms of Reference (ToR). This article will serve as a guide to creating a basic outline for a Terms of Reference for a PMO.

Danica Frazer and strategic planning for government-funded charities

Written By: Nicole Zummach
June 19, 2006

An interview with Danica Frazer, executive director of the McMan Youth, Family and Community Services Association in Edmonton and Muttart fellow.

Through consultants' eyes: What they would like nonprofit organizations to know

Written By: Louise Chatterton Luchuk
May 29, 2006

Whether speaking with individual consultants, consulting firms, those who focus entirely on the nonprofit sector and those who split their business between the nonprofit and for-profit sectors, consultants all say the same thing about working with nonprofit clients: "It's a partnership."

Improving analysis in strategic planning

Written By: Ron Robinson
April 24, 2006

How to improve data gathering and analysis in organizational strategic planning.

Tools for Not-for-Profit Leaders: The Strategic Plan

Written By: Paulette Vinette
February 20, 2006

A well articulated, concise strategic plan is a roadmap for everyone involved in an organization to follow.

Strategy: A process of problem solving & decision making

Written By: Ron Robinson
February 20, 2006

In most cases, strategy is developed by a group of individuals who solve the strategic problems of the organization and make key decisions with imperfect information.

Make strategic planning a way of managing, not an annual episode

Written By: Jane Logan
January 9, 2006

Why strategy should be an ongoing process and how to continue strategic planning over time.

In the beginning: Things to consider before starting your nonprofit venture

Written By: Elisa Birnbaum
December 19, 2005

How could a venture seemingly destined for success fall so hard and so fast? Could the failure have been averted? And how can those looking to start their own nonprofit avoid a similar fate?

The advantages and disadvantages of strategic management

Written By: Ron Robinson
November 21, 2005

Understanding the advantages and disadvantages of implementing a strategic management system.

Overcoming barriers to strategic planning

Written By: Ron Robinson
September 19, 2005

Common barriers organizations face in moving forward with strategic planning and a few ideas on how to overcome them.

Mission, vision, values

Written By: Jane Logan
August 29, 2005

How to create a realistic vision for a nonprofit organization.

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