There is a ton of information out there about strategic planning for anyone who spends five minutes on the internet. It’s all pretty good advice if your organization is intentional (my favorite word) about implementation. But if you know you are not intentional, then just forget it. Keep on keeping on.
But wait! How will you set priorities? Determine goals? Measure success?
How will you successfully fundraise?
There are lots of helpful hints about moving from planning to implementation. Here are just a few that I have found to be helpful.
- Make the plan fit your resources. If you have a small board and limited staff then don’t try to solve the world’s problems. Fit the tasks to a reasonable expectation of success.
- Make the goals and objectives concise and understandable. No jargon, no language that is not easily explained to an outsider.
- Stick to your mission. All tasks and action steps should always advance your mission. That might mean capacity building, program initiatives and development activities but they should all relate to mission.
- Communicate clearly how the plan will lead to action; in fact, action steps are integral to achievable goals and objectives. Where do you want to go and how are you going to get there?
- Think about putting your strategic plan on your website and in a communication to donors. It goes a long way to building community confidence in your organization.
- Name names and set times. Who will be responsible for each step in each goal and when can you be reasonably assured of completion?
- Create a structured reporting system that includes regular updates to the Board.
- Don’t be afraid to revise. Some things you’d like to do may not be possible and should be delayed or scratched. It’s ok.
- Celebrate success. Publicize goals when they are achieved. And congratulate those who made it possible. Name names.
Hope these help. Let me know what has worked for you. Post your ideas in the comments section. Talk to me…..
You can't have too many cookbooks.
Recently I read a great article in the NYT about the value of old and used cookbooks. Some from TV cooks, some from restaurant chefs and the really good ones from Junior Leagues, churches, women’s auxiliaries to everything from hospitals to fire companies and just some hidden gems that are out there. The author stressed that she found the best ones had marginal notes next to recipes that were a treasure.
So, pick up a couple of great holiday gifts or search for some cookbooks you didn’t know you needed, and support a couple of great causes:
Vintage cookbooks make great Christmas gifts and Kennett Square's Senior Center Bookstore has a great selection. Located at 204 E. State Street in the heart of Kennett Square, the Senior Center Bookstore has some fabulous bargains and benefits the Senior Center. While you are in Kennett, stop in at Philter, Kennett's newest spot for a great cup of coffee and take a few moments to enjoy your fabulous finds!
OR plan to attend the annual used book sale that benefits the Hockessin Library. Sponsored by The Friends of the Hockessin Library the 2014 event will be held January 23-26. The location is still to be announced. Check out the website and plan to attend www.friendsofthehockessinlibrary.org. with approximately 70,000 books available there is a great cookbook just waiting for you to take it home.