A Guide to Nonprofit Strategic Planning2017-06-10T17:49:21-04:00

When: Thursday, June 19th, 2014 – 1pm-2pm EDT

Imagine how history might have changed if Martin Luther King, Jr. had said, “I have a strategic plan”, instead of his famous words, “I have a dream”. What are your organization’s dreams for the future? On the practical side, are you worried about the future? What are the critical issues you face? Have you taken the time to think big and think real about where your organization will be in one year, three years, five years? Does your nonprofit have a shared vision and a roadmap for getting there?

Participants will learn key elements in a successful strategic planning process:

  • being inclusive and proactive in engaging stakeholders
  • building consensus and “ownership”
  • making data-driven decisions
  • ensuring measurability and accountability
  • being future-focused

You’ll also see how the process worked for one community college and how college stakeholders engage in reviewing, modifying, and updating the plan each year.

Time will be given for a lively Q&A session.

About the presenters:

Lynne Dean currently serves as Director of Institutional Advancement at Northwest Vista College, one of the Alamo Colleges in San Antonio, Texas. She also works with the Alamo Colleges Foundation, which oversees fundraising for the five colleges in the district.

At NVC, she has led teams in two award-winning initiatives, an alumni project entitled Celebrate Vista, and the 2013 employee giving campaign, NVC Cares, I Care.

She has also worked as a capital campaign consultant for CCS and Custom Development Solutions before starting her own firm, Dean and Associates, in 2006. In addition to managing capital campaigns, she has helped many nonprofit organizations in the areas of campaign readiness, feasibility studies, board training, foundation and grant services, major gifts initiatives and development planning.

She has received her CFRE, earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin and completed special studies in Journalism.

In addition to her full-time position, she continues her consulting practice by providing training and coaching for nonprofit boards and is a contributing author and editor for CharityChannel Press and For the Genius Press. Four of her articles are included in You and Your Nonprofit: Practical Advice and Tips from the CharityChannel Professional Community  published by CharityChannel Press.

She is immediate past president of the Planned Giving Council San Antonio Chapter of the Partnership for Philanthropic Planning and oversees the chapter’s mentorship program. She has served on the AFP International External Communications Committee and the Host Committee for the 2014 AFP International Conference.