Strategic planning means different things to different people. There are some very specific ways of doing it and some very specific formats. Yet let’s simply it. I figure that if you have something written down that has these three qualities, you can call it a strategic plan.
First, it’s a long term plan. A strategic plan is more than just the annual work plan, or the annual budget. It’s usually longer than a year. Two years, ten years, twenty years, it’s a longer range plan than is made on a day-to-day, month-to-month basis.
Secondly, it’s comprehensive. It covers all the different aspects of the organization. Not just the programs that you’re going to run, but also the administrative institutional stuff like board development if you have a board, staff development if you have staff. It also includes the financial plans for capital improvements. If you’re a non-profit,---....See More