We'd like to supplement the valuable insight from our July Expert in Residence, Kevin Monroe, with these additional resources to help you along in your planning process. Visit our library to use the titles below, or search our Catalog of Nonprofit Literature for even more books, articles, and reports. (Items below marked with an * are available for checkout from our collection.)
*Results Now for Nonprofits: Purpose, Strategy, Operations, and Governance, by Mark Light (New York, NY: John Wiley & Sons, 2011).
Introduces a practical approach to strategic, operating, and governance planning called 'Results Now', which stresses the need for leadership to focus efforts on mission and vision. This approach provides a unified framework to guide the work of the organization, and utilizes uses a workshop process that results in one comprehensive plan.
*Nonprofit Sustainability: Making Strategic Decisions for Financial Viability, by Jeanne Bell, Jan Masaoka, and Steve Zimmerman (San Francisco, CA: Jossey Bass Publishers, 2010).
Written for nonprofit executives and board members, this book discusses the ways nonprofits can ensure sustainability through the current economic climate and well into the future by taking a more dynamic approach to the decision-making process.
Mission Impact: Breakthrough Strategies for Nonprofits, by Robert M. Sheehan (Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, 2010).
This nonprofit strategy guide explores numerous topics, including strategy development, implementation, and management. Also covers the role of the mission statement, organizational vision, goals, as well as internal and external assessments.
*The Nonprofit Strategy Revolution, by David La Piana (St. Paul, MN: Fieldstone Alliance, 2008).
A response to traditional strategic planning models, this book advocates the treatment of nonprofit strategy as a more fluid, organic mechanism. The text was the result of a four-year research project conducted by La Piana Associates that examined the limitations of nonprofit strategic planning in a modern, rapid-response world.
*Creating and Implementing Your Strategic Plan: A Workbook for Public and Nonprofit Organizations (2nd ed.), by John M. Bryson and Farnun K. Alston (San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass Publishers, 2005).
This workbook contains helpful worksheets to guide organizations though every step of the planning process. Includes an overview of each process, instructions for using the worksheets, and appendices with additional resources.
Strategic Planning for Nonprofit Organizations: A Practical Guide and Workbook, by Michael Allison and Jude Kaye (Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, 2005).
Provides comprehensive coverage of all steps involved in the strategic planning process, from setting up the planning process to monitoring and evaluating the adopted plan. The text is accompanied by worksheets and case studies throughout, and appendices include various assessment tools, templates, and tips on working with committees and task forces.
You can find additional resources on strategic planning at GrantSpace, including our Philanthropy Chat podcast with Jan Masaoka on nonprofit sustainability in the 'new normal' and our Knowledge Base article with links to additional resources and sample documents.
Stephen Sherman, Reference Librarian, Foundation Center-Atlanta