Nonprofit Business Planning: When Do You Need It? (Podcast)
Nonprofits don’t always need the “deeper dive” of a business plan, but if your strategy is setting you in a new direction, a business plan can help you get to where you need to go.
One of the reasons we wrote The Nonprofit Business Plan is that more organizations were coming to us saying that they wanted a business plan, but then couldn’t articulate why – other than that they were looking for something more “robust” than a strategic plan.
In the second podcast in our business planning series, I talk with David La Piana and Heather Gowdy about why and when organizations may need a business plan – or not.
We briefly discuss the difference between strategic planning and business planning, then pose a few key questions that will help nonprofit leaders assess whether they need business planning to test and elaborate on a given strategy (or set of strategies) and begin to narrow in on the uses and audiences for a business plan.
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