Scenario Planning – How can I do a 3-5 year Strategic Plan when I don’t know what will happen next month? – By Sue Pulfer

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This year strategic planning is different. Many MAS clients have quickly realized that it doesn’t make sense to plan for 3 years out when there is so much uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. However,  it is still important to discuss strategy with your board, even for the short term. Shifting to an 18-month view […]

Why Evaluate your Programs? By Dianne Macfarlane

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Many public funders and private donors are now requiring non-profit organizations to provide evidence that the programs they offer are benefitting their clients. This evidence goes beyond the traditional measures such as the number of clients served and client satisfaction data. When MAS clients ask for help in deciding how to develop a process for […]

Pros & Cons of Charitable Status by Graham Boyce, MAS VC

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“To be a charity or not?” is a dilemma that many organisations face. Unfortunately, they often do not think through the answer sufficiently. Many just apply for charitable status without understanding what might be involved and, particularly, what the downside might be. The reality is that being a charity means, among other issues: Much stricter […]

Risk Management by Chris Govern

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  Today I want to focus on the role of the board in risk management.  All boards must have an understanding of the key risks in the organization and how those risks are managed. The Board should start by demonstrating good risk management through appropriate governance practices, including effective oversight. Beyond that, the role of […]

15 best free apps for your organization

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Non-profits can definitely put their best foot forward by using these free apps. From time-saving scheduling apps, creative tools and analytics we have found many teams benefits by checking out these top marketing apps. HootSuite – This Canadian, timesaving social media dashboard tool allows staff to schedule 30 posts in advance for free to up to […]

Start your own nonprofit (Part 2)

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This week we continue our tips on starting your own nonprofit You have an idea that can help others.  Where do you start?  First, figure out how to structure your idea.  Do you want to start a nonprofit?  Or a charity?  Or a for-profit enterprise? Path #3 – incorporate as nonprofit Instead of getting angel […]

Start your own nonprofit (Part 1)

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You have an idea that can help others.  Where do you start?  First, figure out how to structure your idea.  Do you want to start a nonprofit?  Or a charity?  Or a for-profit enterprise? There are 170,000 nonprofits in Canada.  All have a goal that is something other than profit.  They do not have shareholders […]

Lesson Learned

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This post looks at five key lessons learned from working on strategic planning with many small to medium sized not for profits. 1. Do the upfront work on the external environment and your organization. This will ground the strategic plan. Without it, the plan is based the opinion of the people around the table, which […]

Action Plan

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This post discusses how to develop a workable action plan to implement strategic goals. Strictly speaking this is not strategic planning but it’s vital to ensure the time spent on the strategic plan isn’t wasted – the odds that it will be implemented without an action plan are small. The first thing you need is […]

Strategic Development, Part 2

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The last post described a process for brainstorming responses to the strategic analysis done during the situation review, the mission and vision revisit and the strategic positioning discussions. This post describes how to take that work and create strategies and goals. A strategy statement is a statement of strategic intent. For example, your program strategy […]