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“No matter who you are—nonprofit CEO, board member, business school professor, or student—you’ll come away with a real-world sense of what makes a strong strategic plan or business plan and when to use one or the other . . . or both in tandem.” —Lester Strong, Vice President of Experience Corps, AARP

“This new book is a very useful and timely complement to The Nonprofit Strategy Revolution. Having reaped the benefits of that book, we are now changing our business model to further our mission by developing new revenue streams.” —James Firman, Executive Director, National Council on Aging

“This book will prove an indispensable guide to business planning for nonprofit leaders and a great tool to help students of nonprofit management learn how to assess a business model and build a better one.” —Kevin Kearns, Professor, University of Pittsburgh

“A great read that will meet the needs of nonprofit leaders.” —Michael Mortell, Director, Strategy Counts!; Intellectual Capital Division, Alliance for Children and Families
 
“After reading this book, organizational leaders will have a clear understanding of the components of good business planning and a practical understanding of why and how to go about the process.” —Lillian Roselin, Program Officer, John Muir/Mt. Diablo Community Health Fund

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A fresh, compelling approach to establishing a sustainable, results-driven nonprofit business plan.
Nonprofits often use the terms "strategic planning" and "business planning" interchangeably, but a good business plan goes beyond the traditional strategic plan with its focus on mission and vision, goals and objectives. "The Nonprofit Business Plan, " created by the nationally recognized experts at La Piana Consulting, helps your nonprofit organization understand what a strategic business plan is and why you need one, then provides a practical, proven process for creating a successful, sustainable business model. This groundbreaking resource further explains how your nonprofit can determine whether a potential undertaking is economically viable--a vital tool in today's economic climate--and how to understand and solve challenges as they arise.
With detailed instructions, worksheets, essential tools, case studies, and a rigorous financial analysis methodology presented clearly and accessibly for executives, board members, and consultants, "The Nonprofit Business Plan" is also an important resource for non-specialist audiences such as funders and investors. This innovative step-by-step guide will provide your team with a solid set of business decisions so that your nonprofit can achieve maximum results for years to come.

"No matter who you are--nonprofit CEO, board member, business school professor, or student--you'll come away with a real-world sense of what makes a strong strategic plan or business plan and when to use one or the other . . . or both in tandem." --Lester Strong, Vice President of Experience Corps, AARP
"This new book is a very useful and timely complement to "The Nonprofit Strategy Revolution." Having reaped the benefits of that book, we are now changing our business model to further our mission by developing new revenue streams." --James Firman, Executive Director, National Council on Aging
"This book will prove an indispensable guide to business planning for nonprofit leaders and a great tool to help students of nonprofit management learn how to assess a business model and build a better one." --Kevin Kearns, Professor, University of Pittsburgh
"A great read that will meet the needs of nonprofit leaders." --Michael Mortell, Director, Strategy Counts!; Intellectual Capital Division, Alliance for Children and Families
"After reading this book, organizational leaders will have a clear understanding of the components of good business planning and a practical understanding of why and how to go about the process." --Lillian Roselin, Program Officer, John Muir/Mt. Diablo Community Health Fund

DAVID LA PIANA, bestselling author of "The Nonprofit Strategy Revolution" and "The Nonprofit Mergers Workbook, " is a leading expert on strategy for nonprofit organizations. He is the founder of La Piana Consulting, a firm specializing in strategy and business planning, mergers, and other forms of strategic restructuring for nonprofit organizations. His coauthors are Heather Gowdy, Senior Manager for Research and Innovation at La Piana Consulting and coauthor of "Convergence: How Five Trends Will Reshape the Social Sector;" Lester Olmstead-Rose, a Partner at La Piana Consulting and a leading strategy consultant; and Brent Copen, Chief Financial Officer at Asian Americans for Community Involvement and a former Senior Manager at La Piana Consulting. La Piana team members frequently speak at nonprofit gatherings and regularly contribute to the national dialogue on nonprofit strategy.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Fieldstone Alliance (July 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 161858006X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1618580061
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.4 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #313,210 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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NONPROFIT BOOK REVIEW: The Nonprofit Business Plan
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This how to "Guide to Creating a Successful Business Model" for nonprofit executives is one of the best, I believe, on the topic. Its the companion guide to the previously reviewed "The Nonprofit Strategy Revolution," but I might advise the reader - if he or she must chose - to skip that one for this one.

To begin, the author makes an important distinction between strategic planning and business planning, which are often treated as interchangeable concepts. In simplest terms, the difference is revenue generation. If your nonprofit produces its own income, then you need a business plan. Since independent revenue generation is a major trend in the nonprofit sector, its essential to understand the difference.

Unlike the strategic plan, the business plan includes financial and ratio analysis, cash-flow planning, balance sheet projections, and yes - proper financial planning for nonprofit organization - so the sector can not only survive, but thrive during volatile economic times. It demands that we produce a reasonable profit to create enough risk reserves and fuel expansion plans. It constrains the pursuit of mission to its economic logic.

Throughout the manual, the author weaves a fictional case study, which builds into a sample business plan for the last chapter. This approach is especially helpful to nonprofit managers new to financial and accounting concepts.

It demonstrates how business certain, simple business principles are critical to nonprofit decision-making. Do you base your fundraising projections on historical data and proven growth rates? Or at least on realistic trends?
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I humbly suggest that a nonprofit business plan should be focused on a particular program/product, rather than on the entire organization -- unless the organization has just one program/product.

To explain, each program/product has its own unique market, competitors (nonprofits do have competitors), collaborators, pricing, advertising and promotions. So there should be a separate business plan for each program/product.

So a nonprofit organization with two programs, might benefit best from having a strategic plan for the overall organization, and a business plan for each of the two programs.

Usually funders invest in a program/product, not the entire nonprofit organization. That's another reason to have a focused nonprofit business plan specific to a program/product, rather than trying to organize information about the entire organization and each of its programs into one overall plan.

Something to think about :-)
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I really wish that I hadn't purchased this book. Most of the advice is completely obvious, such as use outside advice to avoid bias and to get an idea of possible income and expenses, compare to similar nonprofits. A lot of it was also very repetitive...most of it could have been condensed into one blog post. However, there is one saving grace. It has a nice laid out sample business plan. The formatting guidelines and examples are great. It would have been better served to just have that with some tips. That's worth seeing, but the rest...I wouldn't read it again.
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