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Strategic + Operational Planning

Strategic planning is a cyclical process that defines a nonprofit’s overall direction, and the activities and strategies to be employed in fulfilling its mission. Operational planning is a process that details measurable objectives, specific activities and budget. Nonprofits lay the groundwork for mission sustainability when they have a clear vision and goals for the future, include input from constituents, and form specific strategies for reaching these goals.
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Alliance for Nonprofit Management
Organization/Agency
Nonprofit management support organization providing consultant/service provider database, event calendar, job board, resource center, and FAQ.
Assessing Community Needs Toolkit
Community Toolbox
Guide/Tool
Extensive toolkit on assessing community need and developing collaboration.
Beyond Financial Oversight: Expanding the Board’s Role in the Pursuit of Sustainability
Nonprofit Quarterly
Article/Blog
This article examines the role of the board of directors in establishing organizational sustainability.
Building A Strategic Framework: Mission, Vision, and Values
Article/Blog
A clear mission and vision is the foundation for any nonprofit's work. These resources define the difference between mission, vision and values statements and provide suggestions for developing clear guiding principles for your organization's work.
Business Planning
Article/Blog, Guide/Tool, Sample/Template
The business planning process takes into account the nonprofit’s mission and vision, the role of the board, and external environmental factors, such as the climate for fundraising. These resources provide a great overview of business planning for nonprofits, including business plan outlines, sample business plans, and resources on how to define or transform your nonprofit's business model.
Business Resource Guide
Maine Department of Economic and Community Development
Guide/Tool, Organization/Agency
The mission of Maine’s Office of Business Development is to encourage business growth and
retention in Maine. They offer a variety of guides and support to help business people understand the resources available including, Tax Increment Financing, Community Block Grants, and multiple tax credit programs.
Change Management
TCC Group
Article/Blog
This paper examines The Core Capacity Model, The Organizational Lifecycle Model, leadership capacity and using data in change management.
Community Toolbox
Organization/Agency
Planning and management support organization providing in-depth instruction, examples, checklists, and various resources on over 250 topics.
Creative Ways to Solicit Youth Input
Public Profit
Guide/Tool
This guide provides step-by-step instructions to implement a variety of youth input activities.
Dashboards
Article/Blog, Sample/Template, Video/Tutorial
A dashboard is a tool for visualizing data. Some dashboards show performance over time while others provide a snapshot of  a particular aspect of a business. An effective dashboard illustrates rather than tells the audience about areas that need attention or action. There are diverse applications of and approaches to dashboards, and the following articles provide helpful tips and samples.
Effective Project Management: 3 Critical Activities
NTEN
Article/Blog
Some simple suggestions for anyone embarking on planning and managing a project for the first time.
Financial Leadership
Nonprofit Assistance Fund
Guide/Tool
There is a world of difference between financial management and financial leadership, and refocusing your approach from fiscal management to fiscal sustainability gets you there. Outlined in this guide are such essential steps as: transforming your annual budget analysis; deciding whether or not income diversification is the way to go; achieving a robust reserve; and equipping your board for effective financial governance.
Finding and Managing Consultants and Vendors
Guide/Tool
The following resources will help you find and manage consultants and vendors, whether for a defined project, or ongoing support. If you need a referral for support on fundraising, strategic planning, legal issues, accounting issues, meeting facilitation, technology, or any other outside support, start here. (Many of the consultants and vendors in MANP's Yellow Pages offer nonprofit rates.)
Getting Started with Data-Driven Decision Making
Idealware
A free workbook that will help you identify what you want to measure and why, what metrics to use, how to communicate the results throughout your organization, and how to use data to plan.
How to Do Planning
Free Management Library
Guide/Tool
A compilation of resources, tips and templates to support planning.
Maine Data Scan
Data Innovation Project
Research/Report
The Data Scan is a repository of accessible, free, reputable, and relevant data sources from around the State of Maine to help nonprofit organizations find data to inform their program planning, strategic planning and grant writing.
Nonprofit Earned Income Strategies: Where to Start
Social Enterprise Associates
Guide/Tool
This guide outlines a process for assessing whether earned income is an appropriate strategy for your nonprofit and how to get started.
Nonprofit Good Practice Guide
Organization/Agency
Resources and information on good practices in all areas of nonprofit management, including a section on volunteerism.
Organizational Lifecycle Assessment
Article/Blog, Guide/Tool
Every organization experiences lifecycle passages and changes. Nonprofit leaders who are aware of their organization’s development stage are positioned to be more strategic about planning for its future. Use these tools to assess your organization's leadership – the chief executive and board of directors – and identify what stage of development your organization is experiencing.
Pricing Guide: A Resource For Community-Based Organizations to Value and Price Services
SCAN Foundation
Guide/Tool
With increased pressure for nonprofits to diversify funding sources, many are exploring earned income strategies. This guide was developed to help organizations understanding different pricing models and set the prices and rates on their products and services.
Starboard Leadership Consulting Blog
Article/Blog
Maine-based Starboard Leadership Consulting's blog features topics related to board governance and recruitment, leadership development and transition, and strategic planning.
Strategic Analysis
Free Management Library
Guide/Tool
Information and resources regarding environmental scans and identifying SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats).
Strategic Leadership: What a Nonprofit Leader Really Needs to Know About IT
Article/Blog
An interesting article outlining the skills a leader needs to manage technology planning, and how they are comparable to the way other types of projects are managed. The article also includes aspects to consider and pitfalls to avoid when doing technology planning.
The 6 Ds of Needs Assessments
Community Solutions
Guide/Tool
A simple overview of the key questions to address during a community needs assessment.
The Bubble Sheet – A Flexible Action Planning Tool
Wholeonomy
Guide/Tool
A simple action planning framework, with key questions to prompt groups through the process.
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