21NTC Session

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


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.

Session Type

30 minute session

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

Target Audience

Executive Directors and other nonprofit senior leadership


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Sarah Olivieri

Nonprofit Strategist


Sarah Olivieri is a nonprofit business strategist, #1 International Best Selling author, and former Executive Director. She is a frequent presenter at conferences and online trainings and has been a featured expert on more than 50 podcasts. Sarah is the creator of the Impact Method™ – a framework that helps nonprofits simplify their operations, build aligned teams, and make a bigger impact without getting overwhelmed or burning out.

Sarah received her BA from the University of Chicago with a focus on globalization and its effect on marginalized cultures, and holds a master’s degree in Humanistic and Multicultural Education from SUNY New Paltz.

Sarah has over 15 years of nonprofit leadership experience. She was the co-founder of the Open Center for Autism, the Executive Director of the Helping of War Foundation, and co-author of Lesson Plan a la Carte: Integrated Planning for Students with Special Needs.

As the founder and heart behind PivotGround, Sarah helps nonprofits make a big impact with relative ease.



March 25, 2021


12:15pm – 12:45pm