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Strategic Planning for Nonprofit Organizations: A Practical Guide and Workbook, Second Edition Paperback – July 11, 2003

ISBN-13: 072-3812496532 ISBN-10: 0471445819 Edition: 2nd

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 2 edition (July 11, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471445819
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471445814
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,598 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Your total guide to putting a powerful management tool to work in your organization

Why strategic planning? Because a well wrought strategic plan helps you set priorities and acquire and allocate the resources needed to achieve your goals. It provides a framework for analyzing and quickly adapting to future challenges. And it helps all board and staff members focus more clearly on your organization's priorities, while building commitment and promoting cooperation and innovation.

But to be effective, your plan will need to address the special needs of the nonprofit sector. And for more than a decade, Strategic Planning for Nonprofit Organizations has been the number-one source of guidance on all facets of strategic planning for managers at nonprofits of every size and budget.

This thoroughly revised, updated, and expanded edition arms you with the expert knowledge and tools you need to develop and implement surefire strategic plans, including tested-in-the-trenches worksheets, checklists, and tables—in print and on the companion website—along with a book-length case study that lets you observe strategic planning in action. Packed with real-world insights and practical pointers, it shows you how to:

  • Develop a clear mission, vision, and set of values
  • Conduct SWOT analyses and program evaluations
  • Assess client needs and determine stakeholder concerns
  • Set priorities and develop core strategies, goals, and objectives
  • Balance the dual bottom lines of mission and money
  • Write and implement a solid strategic plan
  • Develop a user-friendly annual work plan
  • Establish planning cycles, gauge progress, and update strategies

About the Author

MICHAEL ALLISON is an independent consultant and former Director of the Consulting and Research Group at CompassPoint Nonprofit Services, a consulting practice serving 300 non-profits annually.

JUDE KAYE is a Senior Fellow with CompassPoint Nonprofit Services, a nationally respected consultant and trainer on strategic planning and organization development, and an executive coach.

CompassPoint Nonprofit Services is the nation's leading consulting and training firm working exclusively with nonprofit organizations. Guided by its belief that nonprofits serve as the agents of democratic involvement, innovation, and positive social change, CompassPoint's programs support the growth of an effective nonprofit sector. CompassPoint is a center of learning for nonprofit staff and boards, an affordable consulting partner to the sector, and a research institution for innovation in nonprofit organizational effectiveness.

Customer Reviews

The worksheets, included on an accompanying CD, are very useful.
Boardmember
The chapters are full of good information and lots of exhibits, worksheets, and real-life examples.
Jeff Lippincott
Book provides a good basic introduction to strategic planning from the non-profit perspective.
B. Hohhof

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Lippincott VINE VOICE on April 23, 2006
Format: Paperback
The authors of this book do a nice job of condensing the content of their book into a diagram at page 15 that they entitle: "The Strategic Planning Process." Then they explain the diagram chapter by chapter. The chapters are full of good information and lots of exhibits, worksheets, and real-life examples. Job well done! I recommend to anybody interested in preparing a business plan for a for-profit or a nonprofit to read this book. And I also recommend all strategic leaders (i.e. executive directors, board chairs, and CEOs) read this book. It should be helpful to them in performing their job duties.

The book basically points out the following series of questions and/or tasks a strategic leader much consider when doing his or her job:

1. What is the organization doing now?
2. What are its strengths?
3. What are its weaknesses?
4. Are we heading in the direction we want?
5. What must we change to get back on track?
6. Prepare a written plan for change.
7. Implement the plan for change.
8. Monitor the implementation.
9. Reevaluate the plan for change.

I would have liked the book better if the authors had more accurately described what a business plan is, and what it is used for. The authors seem to think that a business plan is something that a for-profit entity creates in order to get loans from lenders or capital from investors. While it is true this is one of the reasons for writing a business plan, the more important reason a plan is written is that it acts as a roadmap for the leader and management of the business to follow towards success. Most businesses that do not have a written business plan are doomed for failure. NPOs without a business plan will probably not be successful either.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Boardmember on September 30, 2005
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This book is a step by step guide with suggested modifications to fit the needs of any group. The worksheets, included on an accompanying CD, are very useful. I highly recommend this book to anyone involved in strategic planning for any organization - public, private or non-profit.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Tracy V. on September 11, 2005
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A great book that does what many non-profit management books don't -- talks about dollars and cents as well as need and impact. CD is underutilized (compared with, say, the CD included with "Non-Profit Kit for Dummies"), but the worksheet concept is good. Their "do either this OR this" might be confusing for novices. Not too far of a stretch to connect this with a "balanced scorecard" evaluation. CompassPoint's Dual Bottom-Line Matrix (p. 188), while complicated-sounding, actually should clarify decision-making for many non-profit managers.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Susan Feit-Stern on August 29, 2005
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This book is an invaluable tool in introducing practitioners to the nuts and bolts of strategic planning. Offering useful worksheets,techniques and even sample questions, Strategic Planning for Nonprofit Organizations walks interested individuals and groups through the different stages of strategic planning step-by-step. This easy-to-read manual provides structure that enables even beginners to engage successfully in a planning process. While the accompanying CD is primitive from a technological perspective, it nonetheless allows planners to organize the strategic planning process in an orderly and logical fashion.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By John Seem on October 14, 2004
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I used the first edition of this book in a graduate class on Strategic Planning this past summer. This book is a wonderful, complete, and sufficient introduction to strategic planning. Everything in the book is completely clear. Doing the exercises in this book are a perfect way to learn sound strategic planning methodology. The first edition was simply excellent. I am certain that the authors have made every effort to improve the book even further. The revised edition is a certain 5.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Paxson on December 28, 2008
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I consult to starting, small, and 'stuck' nonprofits. This book is a great starting place for any of those classifications. It is waaay over-written in places - lots and lots of exercises and repetition of ideas. But the concepts are right and solid, and built into a framework that an organization can tackle on their own... without a high paid consultant like me!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By B. Hohhof on March 16, 2006
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Book provides a good basic introduction to strategic planning from the non-profit perspective. Although I already knew strategic planning from the corporate side, this book showed how it differs when applied to the non-profit arena. The review of the SWOT process was a bit simplistic, but I found the checklist for evaluating projects helpful. The disc and the worksheets were definitely worth the price of the book
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dennis Fischman on June 7, 2007
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The Planning Committee of the Board of Directors at my nonprofit wants to get the full Board engaged in strategic planning within a year. The chart in this book that shows the steps in the process was just what they wanted. It was worth the purchase price...and we haven't started to use it yet!
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