Community-centered strategic planning

Members $125/Non-members $250

NTEN courses run for one week and are offered twice a year.

This course aims to rethink the strategic planning process and dares to imagine what meaningful community engagement could look like in it.
Instructor Joseph Barretto

Course Overview

Community engagement

Learn various ways to engage communities meaningfully throughout your strategic planning process.

Strategy development

Learn how goals and strategies can be developed for and by the community.


Learn how centering communities in strategic planning should be a part of implementation, monitoring, and evaluation.


Strategic planning remains one of the most important management tools used by successful organizations. Unfortunately, at best, many nonprofits only include communities in limited parts of their strategic planning. At worst, communities are often completely left out from the planning process. It’s time to rethink strategic planning.

During this interactive course, you’ll learn about the parts of a robust strategic planning process and discuss ways you can — and should — meaningfully center communities in each step.


Joseph Barretto

Nonprofit Strategy Consultant
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Joseph is a management strategist with over 20 years of experience in the nonprofit sector. His consulting expertise includes assignments in strategic planning, impact measurement, fundraising campaigns, and board development. Joseph’s focus is on helping nonprofit leaders clarify organizational purpose and providing them with the management tools necessary to maximize impact. Joseph has held various nonprofit leadership positions including Executive Director, Deputy Executive Director, and Director of Development at social justice and multi-service organizations such as The DOME Project, Hudson Guild, and the Anti-Violence Project.

Joseph sits on the Selection Committee for The New York Community Trust Nonprofit Excellence Awards. He is Chair of the Board of Directors of the Filipino American Human Services, Inc., and the Association of Nonprofit Specialists. He is Co-Chair of the National Advisory Board for Public Service at Harvard College and President of the Board of Directors of the Harvard Gender & Sexuality Caucus. 
Blended courses run for one week and offer a mix of self-paced and live events to offer both the flexibility you need with the personal connection you want.
Pre-Work (Readings & Quiz)

Live Event

Recording Available
20-30 mins (Self-Paced)
20-30 mins (Self-Paced)


Several relevant articles will establish key concepts and ideas as a primer to the live event, and help you to identify questions and topics you want to explore further.

Knowledge Check

A brief quiz will reinforce what you've learned so far. Don't stress - it isn't pass/fail - it is just to help you remember and distill the concepts you read in the pre-work.

Live Event

This is a 90-minute live captioned online training with opportunities to interact with the presenter and your peers. And if you can't make the live session, you'll be able to access a captioned recording.


Faculty, themselves experts with a wealth of nonprofit experience, have created exercises that will reinforce what you've learned and give you actionable steps to improving your organization.

Earn While You Learn - Professional Credits

In addition to our own Nonprofit Technology Professional Certificate, NTEN is an approved provider for a number of other professional credentials programs. This course qualifies for the following credits:


NTEN Professional Certificate