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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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The Full Cost Project: Funding for Impact

This should be obvious, but it’s key for our sector: To deliver on their mission and sustain their good work over time, nonprofit organizations require the right mix of financial resources. Resources to pay the right people to get the job done well. Resources to have cash on hand for unexpected events. Resources to allow…

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Deepening Commitments: Working Toward Equity and Inclusion When Connecting Youth To The Outdoors

As a trainer, facilitator and program officer at Youth Outside, I have the honor of building relationships with countless nonprofit organizations working tirelessly to accomplish their missions. Regularly, these organizations identify their desire to be more culturally relevant and regularly, people feel at a loss for how to take actionable steps for making cultural relevancy…

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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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Heartwired

Despite the protests of generations of economists, recent neurological and psychological research shows that human decisions come from our heart, not from our head. In small decisions, like which jam to buy, and large ones, like whom to marry, we are more often swayed by our psycho-social circuitry than by rational thought. For social changemakers,…

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