ETWR 2364 Practicum: Writing Strategic Plans for Nonprofit Organizations (Fall 2011)




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Instructor David McMurrey
Class meetings As needed
Office & hours Wednesday: Rio Grande Campus, Student Lounge 6:30pm-7:30pm (only way to make sure I'm here is by e-mail)
Thursday: Northridge Campus 4225 6:30pm-7:30pm (Always call before driving all the way out to Rio Grande Campus.)
Phone 512.223.4804
E-mail davidm@austincc.edu
Week Description
August 28 Read: Chap. 1 & 2, Strategic Planning for Nonprofit Organizations
Introduction to Strategic Planning, pp. 1-24

Phase 1: Get Ready, pp. 31-81
Write a Planning Workplan: Worksheets 1-4
September 4 Read: Chap. 3, Strategic Planning for Nonprofit Organizations
Phase 2: Articulate Mission, Vision, Values, pp. 85-122

Read: Management Essentials for Christian Leadership
Part 2: Planning, Chap. 3 Building Mission and Vision, pp. 53-75

Write Mission, Vision, Values Statements: Worksheets 5-7
September 18 Read: Chap. 4, Strategic Planning for Nonprofit Organizations
Phase 3: Access Your Situation, pp. 125-168

Read: Management Essentials for Christian Leadership
Chap. 4 Developing Goals and Objectives, pp. 76-86
Chap. 8 Ministry by Objectives, pp. 133-154
September 25 Complete worksheets 8-12
October 2 Read: Chap. 5, Strategic Planning for Nonprofit Organizations
Phase 4: Agree On Priorities, pp. 177-168

Read: Management Essentials for Christian Leadership
Chap. 5: Developing A Strategic Ministry Plan pp. 87-101

Worksheets 13-16
October 9 Read: Management Essentials for Christian Leadership
Chap. 6: Policies and Procedures As Planning Tools, pp. 101-114
Chap. 7: Preparing and Reading a Budget, pp. 115-132

Write Policies and Procedures
Write Protocols for:
  • Master Calendar Planning Protocols
  • Transportation Protocols
  • Purchasing and Reimbursement Protocols
  • Facility Usage Protocols
  • Ministry Readiness Protocols
October 16 Complete Policies, Procedures, and Protocols
October 23 Read: Management Essentials for Christian Leadership
Chap. 9: Organizational Structures, pp. 158-173
Chap. 10: Preparing Job Descriptions, pp. 174-189

Create Organizational Chart
Write Staff and Volunteer Job Descriptions
October 30 Complete Organizational Chart and Job Descriptions
November 6 Read: Chap. 6, Strategic Planning for Nonprofit Organizations
Phase 5: Write the Strategic Plan, pp. 235-286

Worksheet 17

Write 8-12 p. Strategic Plan including the following elements:
  • Introduction by the president of the board (one page)
  • Mission, vision, and values statements (one page)
  • Summary of core strategies (one page)
List of long-term and short-term program and management/operations goals and objectives (four to six pages)
November 13 Continue Writing Strategic Plan
November 20 Continue Writing Strategic Plan

Read: Chap. 7, Strategic Planning for Nonprofit Organizations
Phase 6: Implement the Strategic Plan, pp. 287-298

Worksheet 18
November 27 Read: Chap. 8, Strategic Planning for Nonprofit Organizations
Phase 7: Evaluate and Monitor the Strategic Plan, pp. 299-313

Worksheets 19 & 20
December 11 Work on revisions to Strategic Plan and Operations Manual
Complete Strategic Plan and Operations Manual.

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