Strategic Planning in Nonprofits

Is strategy development on your radar? Does your nonprofit organization want to engage in meaningful conversations to refresh and realign around your mission, develop a plan for the future, and energize those inside and outside the organization? If you answered yes and you relish the idea of learning side-by-side with peers in the nonprofit sector, join us for the Strategic Planning in Nonprofits Virtual Cohort.

The strategic planning cohort is designed to guide organizational teams through a strategic planning process from start to finish over a four-month time horizon. The cohort will use resources from Strategic Planning in Nonprofits (SPiN), a toolkit to help nonprofits successfully complete strategic planning and will also include customized resources and consultations to right-size a process and plan for your organization. The course will include training on strategic planning elements and on-going peer learning and support in small breakout groups. SPiN facilitators will be available to answer questions in the large group learning space, small breakout groups, and during office hours.

Who Should Attend: Board members, executive directors, and other nonprofit staff working with boards. To get the most out of the course, participating organizations should:

  • Commit 2 to 3 board and/or staff members to attend each of the five sessions and be prepared to complete practical homework assignments between sessions (drafting various pieces of your plan)
  • Hold regular board meetings (preferably monthly) that provide time and space for strategic planning conversations*
  • Be an existing 501(c)(3) or nonprofit corporation registered with the state

*Note: For a successful strategic planning process, it is recommended that you build in time for staff and board meetings. It is especially critical to schedule a longer planning session with your board and key staff to provide input on mission, vision, and strategic priorities sometime between the third and fifth sessions.


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Center Members: contact for your discount code


Course Outline

February 24: Getting Started with Strategic Planning

  • Overview of SPiN
  • Phase 1 - Prepare
  • Phase 2 - Listen

March 17: Elements of Knowing Thyself (work session)

  • Progress check
  • Phase 2 - Listen

April 14: Your Organizational North Star

  • Progress check
  • Phase 3 - Envision
  • Phase 4 - Plan

May 12: Putting the Pieces Together (office hours)

June 16: Making it Stick

  • Phase 5 - Execute
  • Phase 6 - Evaluate
  • Celebrate
Event Date(s): 
Wednesday, February 24, 2021, 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Wednesday, March 17, 2021, 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Wednesday, April 14, 2021, 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Wednesday, May 12, 2021, 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Wednesday, June 16, 2021, 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Organizations - $300 Members / $500 Not-yet-members; Individuals - $150 Members / $300 Not-yet-members
Kim Rakow Bernier and Sandra Amolo
Virtual Event
Anywhere, NC 00000
United States