Are strategic plans obsolete?

Have you heard? Strategic plans are dead. Do a web search of this provocative phrase and there is some terrific writing on the subject, most notably the Stanford Social Innovation Review’s blog post from January 2013, here. Perhaps we are witnessing the demise of the “dusty, notebook binder-encased” document on a shelf. For consultants like […]

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Big data, open data, and you

One of the realities of life in our sector is that we get buried in our work, our missions, our industries. Endlessly raising money and valiantly delivering programs, we’re too often immersed in our own causes and don’t always have time to come up for air and take a good 360-degree look at the world […]

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Managing change in your organization

Happy New Year! Many nonprofits follow the calendar year for their fiscal year and annual programs of work. Whether January 1 marked a new program/fiscal year for you or not, this is always a good time to reflect on the horizon and prepare for future challenges. Is 2013 going to be a year of change […]

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Start the new year strategic and strong

Amid this ever-busy month of December, it’s tempting to let things slide until “after the holidays.” It’s very important for nonprofits to make New Year’s resolutions, however, and here are some that your board and staff should consider. Here’s our promise: this checklist will only take a few moments to scan, and may well spark […]

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