22NTC Session Proposal

Why You Should Ditch How You’ve Been Doing Strategic Planning

Submitted by: Sarah Olivieri 🟠


Many nonprofits struggle with strategic planning. Nonprofit Strategic Plans tend to be 5-year plans with vague objectives, over 10 goals, and no concrete action steps. Yet, these plans guide organizations and end up leaving them rudderless, confused and with a weak budget. We advocate that nonprofits should instead use a strategic framework to lean on. What is the difference between a framework and a plan? While a framework adapts to change and guides through iteration, a plan is typically a list of inflexible steps. Plans do not account for new priorities/changed directions while a framework can support you in heading in a different direction. In our COVID-19 and post-COVID-19 world, this agility is no longer a luxury, but a necessity. During this session, we will dive into the Impact Method™, a strategic framework designed for nonprofits and created to break down your big audacious goals into clear, easy-to-understand components.

Learning Outcomes

  • Learn the compounding positive effects of utilizing a strategic framework
  • Learn the 3 key elements of a strategic framework
  • Learn how to set better goals

Session Type

30 minute session

Target Audience

Executive Directors and other nonprofit senior leadership