Small or new nonprofits, once formed and tax-exempt status received, must move assertively into their missions, but once the flurry of formation activity is passed, what next? The sticking point for many new boards of directors is how to start that forward momentum.
One way to do it is with some structured planning that the board can undertake in its regular meeting. A planning process can help the board come together around its work, developing a shared understanding of its reason for being, building priorities and a team orientation, fostering communication. Most importantly, the planning process will result in active steps that will move the organization forward–its “To-do List”.
The board may have developed a mission statement during its formation, but more is needed to direct the work of the organization. Boards should also establish a vision–what the future will look like if the nonprofit succeeds in its mission–and values statements that will guide the work going forward. These can be developed with some directed brainstorming.
With Vision, Mission, and Values statements in place, the board can begin to create its Action Plan. The Action Plan is built around Goals and Objectives, which, if achieved, will bring about the Vision.
Formatting the Action Plan in to a checklist and revisiting it at every meeting, helps the board stay on track. Calendarizing an annual review of the plan ensures that action steps are carried out.
Committed boards can carry out this work themselves, but sometimes an outside facilitator can help the board see its way more clearly.
Want to learn more? Contact us, or attend our October 12 program!
Plan for Action: Strategic Planning for the Small/New Nonprofit
Thursday, October 12 at 6:00 pm
presented by Tom Butero
One of the primary responsibilities of nonprofit boards of directors is to plan for the nonprofit’s future. Tom Butero will give you essential tools to help your nonprofit become a planning organization–one that looks ahead strategically and develops an action plan to take it to the next level. $10/pp
Presented at the Legal Center for Nonprofits, 412 County Street (inside Inter-Church Council house), New Bedford, MA
Call (508) 264-5996 or email Linnea@LegalCenterforNonprofits.org