Strategic planning and consulting for nonprofit and charity organizations
Strategic Planning Philosophy
The strategic planning process can re-energize your organization by engaging board, staff, funders and constituents in a meaningful manner. To help promote this higher level of inclusion, our strategic planning process will develop a general consensus about the organization's strategic direction, long range objectives and tactical goals. When the process has finished, everyone in your organization should have the ability to articulate:
Dolph Goldenburg led us through our first professionally led strategic planning process for Innovative Solutions for Disadvantage & Disability (ISDD) and helped us to develop a workable plan.
He is a sensitive, calm and diplomatic consultant with a reasoned and detailed approach for managing both current and future needs of an organization. As a former nonprofit executive director, he has a practical, rather than just a theoretical, understanding of organizational management which sets him apart from other consultants.
He has a great sense of humor and the ability to make the strategic planning process enjoyable as well as productive. He can see the big picture while still being able to drill down to the process and detail level. Dolph is also flexible and adaptable, he was able to make changes when challenges arose during the process to keep us on track. He promised a high level of service and that is exactly what we got!
- Rainie Jueschke, Executive Director
Strategic planning led by The Goldenburg Group will:
Simply put, Dolph was outstanding. GLA Board members and I worked with Dolph over a six-month period to create a Strategic Plan that is transforming our organization. Dolph challenged our organization to reach further programmatically. He challenged what was already a highly-functioning Board to go above and beyond their current obligations. Because of Dolph, the Board is operating at an extraordinary level. Dolph showed time and again through this process why board relations and governance are his expertise.
- Meredith Ragains, Executive Director
Strategic Planning for Long Term Results
Far too often organizations invest time and money in a strategic planning process only for the final product to gather dust on a shelf in the executive director's office. This is a tremendous waste of organizational resources that devalues the commitment of your board, staff, and funders and undermines their enthusiasm.
For this reason, The Goldenburg Group not only helps you develop a data driven plan with measurable goals; we also offer periodic assessment of strategic plan implementation as part of our service.
Dolph is an incredibly talented leader who helped to change the course of our organization, assessing our community and steering our board toward a solid strategic plan.
He is incredibly organized and professional and also brings fun and expertise to goal setting and organizational guidance. I am so pleased with his work and would recommend him to anyone seeking to take their mission to the next level.
Dolph is also very well connected and helped Zebra Coalition gain more attention on a national scale.
- Heather Wilkie, Executive Director
Strategic planning framework
The Strategic Planning Series:
A strategic plan is a comprehensive yet easily readable document that serves as a road map to the future, keeping the organization on track while maintaining focus on mission and vision.
Good strategic plan goals are quantifiable and reviewed on a quarterly basis.
Here’s a controversial fact that many consultants disagree with: not every organization needs a strategic plan. And many organization need a plan but aren't ready to plan.
Once you have decided you are ready to plan, you can dive into the first of four planning stages: the environmental scan. Read more.
Create short, memorable mission and vision statements that inspire board members, staff, volunteers, and donors. Read more.
Strategic Planning Part 4: The Work Group
Learn how to identify and recruit the volunteer leaders who will help build your next strategic plan. Listen here.
Now, your work group should shift its focus on setting long term goals. We call these Big Bold Goals.
The board retreat is among the most important steps of your strategic planning process. This episode shares techniques to ensure your retreat fully engages participants in the planning process.
We share how to structure your strategic plan, offer hacks for your writing plan, and discuss the ideal length.
Maximize your strategic plan to enhance your public relations, support fundraising efforts, attract visitors to your website and build your social media base. Read more.
Dolph answers the most common question posed to strategic planning consultants: “How much will this cost?” and “What exactly will you do?”
This is the tenth segment of our strategic planning blog series, and in this final segment, we will discuss overcoming the most common objections to strategic planning.