Understanding Nonprofit Strategic Planning

Date: Sep 17, 2018
Time: 09:00 AM to 03:30 PM

Minnesota Council of Nonprofits
2314 University Ave. W., Suite 20, St. Paul

Fee: $70 for MCN members / $120 for nonmembers Register Now!

Good strategic planning illuminates the present, envisions the future and maps a realistic path between the two. Poor strategic planning sits in a binder on a shelf. Good strategic planning is transformative. Nonprofits that can plan well are strong, responsive, adaptive and vibrant. Poor strategic planning is dead on arrival. Nonprofits that plan poorly may be fragile, reactionary, stagnant and sluggish. How can nonprofits use their resources and assets to achieve the former while avoiding the latter?

In this full-day workshop, participants will learn the essential questions and components of strategic planning and its implementation, discuss the different purposes and types of strategic planning and consider who should be involved. Throughout, participants will consider what might work well for their organization and practical considerations for conducting strategic planning.
This workshop is ideal for anyone with organizational or programmatic leadership responsibilities, including both board and staff.

“The information given at this workshop was extremely useful. The various activities really made the difference. We were able to utilize the information and skills as Al gave them. Al was exceptional and energized!” – past workshop participant

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Principles & Practices

The Minnesota Council of Nonprofits is committed to offering training sessions that support the Principles & Practices for Nonprofit Excellence. This workshop helps us achieve the following:

  • LEAD 19: Nonprofit leaders should allow for and encourage questions and reflections on the organization’s strategies, effectiveness and ability to change.
  • PLAN 9: Nonprofit organizations should be responsive to community needs and actively engage and gather input from a variety of sources, such as the board, staff and community members, and other constituents.
  • PLAN 13: Strategic planning should articulate how the strategies chosen are expected to accomplish the organization’s stated goals.
  • PLAN 15: Nonprofit organizations should continually scan the environment for  external factors that may impact the success of the organization’s strategies, including changes in the political, economic, demographic, legal or competitive environments, and make necessary adjustments to respond to these changes.

Event Details

Refreshments: Coffee, tea and a light snack will be provided. There will be a lunch break in the middle of the session. You may bring a lunch or purchase one nearby.

Travel: Driving directions and transit options are available on MCN's website.

About the Presenter

Al OnkkaAl Onkka is a principal consultant at Aurora Consulting, a Minnesota-based firm serving nonprofits. He works at the leadership level to help nonprofits plan for the future and evaluate their impact. Al has worked in the field of evaluation, promoting data-based decision-making and organizational learning, since 2009. He is inquisitive, analytical, good at connecting ideas, practical and affable.

Al earned his master’s degree in evaluation studies from the University of Minnesota’s Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development. He recently served on the board of the Minnesota Evaluation Association and chaired the board of Rainbow Rumpus, a Minneapolis literary nonprofit.

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