Strategic Planning is Alive and Kicking

Over the past several years, our sector has been debating the design, relevancy and role of strategic planning as a core capacity building tool. Some say it is too time intensive and the final product too often ends up “sitting on a shelf.” Others deem planning to be a distraction from critical daily, operational and…

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Strategic Planning and Business Planning: What’s the Difference?

Kicking off a series of posts on strategic planning and how it continues to evolve, below is a blog post that I wrote a few years ago while I was a capacity building consultant. This post focuses on the difference between strategic planning and business planning. It is meant to provide some guidelines and understanding…

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Defining Capacity Building Around the World

The OE Program at the Packard Foundation supports leaders, networks, and organizations around the world. From Ethiopia to China, and many countries in-between, we operate under the same theory of change – that organizations and networks with stronger leadership, management, and operations are better equipped to achieve their missions. However, just as language, culture, and…

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The Wizard was Wrong: Linking Grantmaker Strategy to What’s Behind the Curtain 

Guest blogger, Meghan Duffy, Associate Vice President of Programs at Grantmakers for Effective Organizations, shares her thoughts on GEO’s newest publication, Strengthening Nonprofit Capacity: Core Concepts in Capacity Building.

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