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What Should Be Covered in a Nonprofit Strategic Plan?

March 22, 2018 | Blog, Mission, Strategy and Evaluation

Chess Pieces on a chess boardNonprofits should engage in ongoing long and short-term strategic planning activities as necessary to determine the mission of the organization, to define specific goals and objectives related to the mission, and to evaluate the success of the organization’s programs toward achieving the mission.

A nonprofit should periodically revisit its mission (i.e., at a minimum every 5 years) to determine whether the need for its programs or services continues to exist. In light of societal changes and critical strategic issues, the organization should evaluate whether its programs should be modified, expanded, or discontinued to meet the mission.

A nonprofit’s strategic plan document typically contains the following information:

1.    Mission

2.    Vision

3.    Values

4.    Goals

5.    Objectives

6.    Outcomes

7.    Implementation

8.    Evaluation Plans

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