Why do strategic plans never get used? While there are numerous books and websites on strategic planning, the process of developing a plan can seem cookie-cutter and become overcomplicated very quickly. In addition, once the strategic plan is developed, consultants leave strategic planning projects without an action and change management plan to assist with turning the ideas into action. Social Impact Architects has a time-tested approach to developing strategic plans for the social sector that actively engages community partners, includes market analysis, reviews financials against best practices, maps the environment, provides customized solutions and develops future scenarios. We also pair the plan with a dashboard to track progress and ensure accountability.
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We offer help with our Nonprofit Strategic Planning Q&A. In the Nonprofit Planning Process you learn how and when to develop a strategic plan and who to include in the process.
Nonprofit strategic planning does not require a one-size-fits-all approach. Different types of nonprofit strategic plans address needs based on the nonprofit lifecycle.
Nonprofit action plans help nonprofits take strategic planning and turn it into actionable steps in dashboards that can be used for nonprofit progress measurement.
Nonprofit dashboards help social sector organizations turn data into insights and measure progress toward program, fundraising and strategic plan goals.