Strategic & Organizational Planning


do good Consulting offers an array of Strategic Planning and Organizational Planning services for nonprofit organizations.

What’s your vision for success? How will you get there? Will you know when you arrive?

Operating without a strategic plan guiding your efforts is like building a house without any blueprints. If it’s time to update that outdated plan or to develop a new one, Laura’s here to help. Let her partner with you to put your vision in writing and get your team the strategies you need to intentionally build success. When it comes to planning, Laura‘s got you covered.

 

Strategic Planning

Imagine your family heading out for a vacation without having laid a single plan: no lodging reservations, no map or GPS, and no tickets. You don’t have the right suitcases and haven’t even checked your bank account to see if you can afford the trip.

Sure, impromptu road trips can sometimes be fun. But if it feels like your organization is on a whirlwind multi-year impromptu roller coaster of a road trip, it’s probably time for a strategic plan.

Strategic plans drive well-oiled, high-performing organizations and teams. The process and outcomes help your team jointly develop and agree on priorities essential to your mission, be responsive to current and future situations, and be intentional and pro-active in allocating resources to achieve priorities.

In developing or refreshing your strategic plan, Laura will carry you through a review of your mission and vision, a stakeholder survey, an analysis to understand Strengths & Weaknesses and to identify Opportunities & Threats, and host a high-energy and motivating strategic planning retreat that brings your stakeholders to the table filled with ideas and energy. The living, breathing document that results will provide your team with a solid and clear path to your future, inspire them to action, and fuel your mission and your coffers.

 

Marketing/Communications, Fundraising & Program Plans

Like your strategic plan guiding overall organizational efforts, your fundraising, marketing and communications, and planning efforts should also be guided by annual and/or multi-year plans.

You won’t find bland consultant-speak in the plans Laura helps you create. What you will find are clear goals and action steps, along with clear roles for who does what and when. Checklists and check-offs help you know what’s been accomplished and what needs whose attention. And whenever she can, she’ll list costs and resources needed as well as expected returns so you know what to expect.

To get your plans developed, your team members will work side-by-side with her to create use-able, exciting roadmaps for action and maximum returns.

 

Organizational Assessments

What if you knew exactly what your organization could and should change to improve your performance and better meet goals?

Externally-conducted organizational assessments are a powerful diagnostic tool to help your group adapt, survive, and thrive. Through a systematic research and analysis process an array of information is gleaned and analyzed about the performance of all aspects of your organization and the factors that affect performance. Reviewed areas include structure, communications, fundraising, governance and leadership, planning, programs, volunteers, technology, financial management, and legal issues.

Let Laura take a deep dive into your operations to give you a detailed analysis of performance, concrete suggestions for improvements, and urgency and cost ratings to help you best allocate time and resources for maximum return on investment.

Your assessment – and the improvements it leads to – is more important than ever as donors and funders look to invest in the highest-performing, most efficient organizations that deliver real results. When it comes to doing better, Laura’s got you covered.

 

Metrics, Program Assessment & Outcome Evaluations

Are your programs really making a difference to clients and the community? Do you have the measurements you really need to compel donors and funders? Move from simply collecting and logging numbers to measuring, determining, and communicating real impact.

Laura will work with your staff to take a deeper dive into measuring and assessing the short- and long-term impacts and benefits of your organization’s programs. She’ll set you up with new tools to make tracking and analysis easy and help you understand how and where to communicate results for maximum impact, including with donors and funders.

 

New Organization Start-Up Planning

Laura has helped dozens of individuals and fledgling causes fulfill their dreams of more formally serving their communities and clients by incorporating as a nonprofit organization, filing for 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, and creating the foundation from which to springboard efforts, including baseline fundraising, outreach, and program plans.

Let’s face it: state and federal government requirements and forms can be daunting, especially to those who haven’t navigated those waters before. But Laura has been chartering these waters for decades and can make short order of the tasks involved. She is also the founder of several start-up groups just like yours and knows not only the forms, but also the organizational needs you’ll have as a new group to get you started on the right foot and propel you successfully for years.

Ready to take the next steps to grow your great cause and build a lasting foundation? Contact Laura.

 

Other Customized Planning Services

Laura’s work is always custom to your group’s needs. If you don’t see what you need here, contact her. She’ll work with you on a custom plan that fits your organizational needs and budget.

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