According to the Center for Theory of Change (yep, there really is one), a Theory of Change is a "
comprehensive description of how and why a desired change is expected to happen in a particular context. It is focused in particular on mapping out or 'filling in' what has been described as the 'missing middle' between what a program or change initiative does (its activities or interventions) and how these lead to desired goals being achieved."
Guess we can no longer settle for the "If-Then" statement...
To gain the knowledge and tools you will need to map out your organization's Theory of Change - an important exercise that will inform the outcomes of your Logic Model - check out this report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, as well as www.theoryofchange.org.
Speaking of Logic Models...
Why do you need a Logic Model for each of your nonprofit's programs? Because they enable you to:
Plan a well thought-out program
Gain team and leadership buy-in
Position your organization to garner partners/collaborators, grants and other support
Measure progress and monitor success
Better serve your clients!
There are many Logic Model templates out there to help you offer a visual of your program's goal, objectives, inputs, outputs (including activities), outcomes and evaluation. Here's one that we like:
Check out this new, free report which reviews 6 different "Board Portals" or software to help nonprofits manage Board activity, documents, collaboration and meetings.
This report provides side-by-side comparisons on features like creating Board books, reading/sharing/annotating documents, calendars, collaboration, security, use in Board meetings, usability and price. Idealware does a great, thorough job with these types of reviews.