Sustainable success amidst changing conditions requires a strategy. Many of us have had less than inspiring experiences with strategic planning. However, when the planning process is designed to fit the needs, culture, maturity, situation and size of a nonprofit organization, it can be invigorating for all involved, and transformational for the organization. This session will clarify strategic planning in relationship to other efforts, such as program and business planning. Participants will learn about tools to use for assessing their situation, engaging their constituencies, developing a detailed mission-based plan, and putting in place the means for implementation They will leave the session with an understanding of the basic structure of an effective planning process, ways of adapting it for individual organizations, the roles of various stakeholders, and why it can be a critical function of organizational development.
This year the Lexington Discovery Day will be held on Saturday May 24,
the Memorial Day weekend from 10 am to 3 pm (rain date May 31). It is a
once-a-year opportunity for your organization to be exposed to 25,000
people in a few short hours. This 29-year tradition in Lexington
celebrates the beginning of summer by offering a huge Sidewalk Sale
complete with food, entertainment, shopping, free prizes, special
displays by Town Departments, and information booths by civic groups.
GROUP PARTICIPATION BY NONPROFITS:
Following the successful format of last four years, The Nonprofit Net
Inc. has made special arrangements with the organizers of the Discovery
Day to allow the local nonprofit organizations to set up booths under
one tent and reduce cost by sharing tables -- you can have a third, a
half or full table.
The next Nonprofit Net meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 25, from 1.30 PM to 3.30 PM at the Meeting Room in Cary Library, 1874 Massachusetts Ave. Lexington, MA (in Lexington Center)
The topic of the seminar is:
“Engagement Governance” A New Governance Structure for Nonprofits to Increase Community Impact
Why is it that problem boards always seem to be a top concern for nonprofits? Increasingly many in the governance field and nonprofits themselves have come to recognize that traditional, governance models are inadequate to respond effectively to organizational challenges. This workshop will present new approaches and specific practices that will help engage your board and result in more effective decision-making, a shift to more meaningful work for your board, and increased impact within your community. Participants will learn about a new governance framework, “Engagement Governance”, built upon principles of inclusiveness, participatory democracy, constituent engagement and leadership, and genuine partnership. The workshop will also focus on concrete practices, steps, and tools that will help you adapt this framework to your organization.
The materials from the February 2008 Seminar: Networking For Nonprofits: Expand Your Personal and Professional Universe AND, Have Fun Doing It! have been posted.
Photo: Phyllis Lasky, Currently, she sits on the board of Women in Development and is president of the Vasculitis Foundation, an international nonprofit, located in Kansas City, MO.Description of Seminar
The materials from the January 2008 Seminar: How to Cultivate Donor Prospects have been posted.
Photo: Hillel Korin, Executive Vice President of The Ostroff Group