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1/20/2010: Cultivating Stakeholders: A Strategy of Inclusion for Challenging Times

Wednesday, January 20, 2010 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM (EST)

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There are many good reasons for broad, inclusive planning processes in nonprofits. We plan because change happens and we have to adapt. We plan to get out of our comfort zones, because the obvious is often wrong, and multiple perspectives can help us discover wise directions. We plan to focus our communal efforts, dismiss distractions, and develop critical metrics. However, we also come together to plan because our stakeholders are our fundamental source of strength. A planning process that includes as many stakeholders as possible (in appropriate ways) builds connection and enthusiasm, enhances self-awareness and mutual understanding, and develops strategic thinking and informed leadership. This workshop will explore all of these issues and ideas. Participants will gain an understanding of the basic structure of an effective planning process, ways of adapting it for individual organizations, the roles of various stakeholders and how to engage them, and some specific tools to use in planning.


Part of the Wednesday Webinar series for nonprofit staff and board development. Offering strategy, planning, organizational development, branding, marketing, executive search, finance, fundraising, operations, and more.

About the Presenter:

logo Synthesis Partnership assists nonprofits with strategy, planning, and organizational development and change. Our clients have represented a variety of sectors (including education, arts and culture, health care, and social services), sizes (no staff to hundreds of staff; budgets in the low six figures to the high eight figures), maturities (start-ups to well over a century old) and experience (organizations new to planning and organizations with extensive history and experience of planning).  Case studies of some of our projects and articles on strategy, identity, capacity and facilities can be found at


SBF Sam Frank advises nonprofit organizations on strategy, planning and organizational development, and has served on the boards of local and national nonprofit organizations addressing education, health care, preservation, homelessness and the environment. He has offered workshops on integrated planning at more than a dozen national and regional conferences of nonprofit associations. He writes a free e-newsletter, Critical Issues in Strategy, Planning and Organizational Development, available through the Synthesis Partnership website; and writes a blog on nonprofit issues. Before founding Synthesis Partnership Sam was Director of Architecture and Design at Corning Incorporated, and Dean of Architecture and Design at Rhode Island School of Design. He was educated in English literature at Princeton University, architecture at Harvard University, and architectural history, theory and criticism at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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