Organizational planning is a process through which a nonprofit defines and sets short- and long-term goals, priorities and the strategies and activities it will employ to fulfill its mission. A holistic plan includes strategies for building organizational capacity and sustaining or growing programs and resources, including board and staff members. Planning focuses stakeholders around the mission. Planning is ongoing rather than occasional and requires input from a diverse cross-section of stakeholders to assure the organization’s programs continue to meet the needs of its communities and constituencies. Planning is the most central aspect of nonprofit management and leadership for nonprofit board and staff members alike, and is central to sound decision-making.
- Legal Practices are legally required of all Montana nonprofits
- Essential Practices are widely recognized as industry standards and generally expected of all nonprofits
- Recommended Practices should be considered by all nonprofits, with implementation dependent on capacity and life stage