Strategic Planning

An entryway at Grounds for Sculpture, a NJ treasure in Hamilton, featuring the works of Seward Johnson.

Especially in today’s fast paced and challenging environment, strategic planning should be done every three to five years.  A key responsibility of a nonprofit Board of Directors, strategic planning often takes from three to six months.  PRQuickhelp prefers to work with a committee of no more than eight people, representing both the Board and the staff leadership to develop a plan.  The final product will be a five to ten page plan with goals, measureable objectives, and activities supporting those objectives to guide programs, time investments, and resource allocation going forward.  The plan will include the mission/program area, infrastructure, governance, partnerships, and sustainability.

Strategic planning clients have included (through he Support Center for Nonprofit Management) Literacy Partners and the Child Care Council of Westchester.  Others include the Birth Defects Prevention Network, Arts CAP, Monmouth County Arts Council, Atlantic Highlands Arts Council, and the Congenital Heart Public Health Consortium.

The cost of strategic planning assistance ranges from $10,000 to $20,000.

"This strategic plan was a time-consuming and labor-intensive process.  But it was not a thankless one - the members of the Board obviously appreciate our efforts and fully support our plan.  I thought the presentation to the Board went remarkably well.  A special thanks to Pat Richter (Support Center consultant) for guiding us through this process in a determined, yet cheerful, manner."

      Board President, Literacy Partners, a Support Center Client