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3/30/2011: Effective Strategic Planning Part Two: Getting Results

Wednesday, March 30, 2011 at 1:00 PM (EDT)

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Strategic planning has a dicey reputation for any number of reasons:

1) it often is tedious and time-consuming;

2) the issues it identifies are either obvious or not critical to the mission (or both);

3) the actions it specifies are vague and unmeasurable;

4) it is ignored once the plan is written (or the written plan is never quite finished);

5) it simply adds tasks to an already over-stretched staff;

6) it has no results visible to stakeholders;

7) it does not advance your mission.

These problems are not inherent to strategic planning; they are signs that it has been done badly. This webinar will look at how a nonprofit can infuse its mission into the daily activity of staff and board through a straightforward, rigorous, and even morale-building process. It will offer both a structure and tools for planning.


  • A framework and process for planning
  • How to structure a mission-driven plan
  • How to create an effective action plan
  • What to share with whom and how Wednesday Webinar series for nonprofit staff and board development. Offering strategy, planning, organizational development, branding, marketing, executive search, finance, fundraising, operations, and more.

Meet the Presenter: 

Sam Frank

Sam Frank founded Synthesis Partnership to assist nonprofits with strategy, planning, and organizational development and change. He advises and has served on the boards of local and national nonprofit organizations addressing arts and culture, education, health care, preservation, homelessness and the environment. Sam frequently offers workshops on planning at national conferences and writes an e-newsletter, Critical Issues in Strategy, Planning and Organizational Development ( and a blog on nonprofit issues ( He conceived and directs the Wednesday Webinars at Prior to 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.

Synthesis Partnership

Synthesis Partnership assists nonprofits with strategy, planning, and organizational development and change. The foundation of our approach to any assignment is attentive listening to the situation, needs, culture and aspirations of the client. 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). Our breadth of understanding of nonprofit sectors and issues helps us to ask the right questions and explore the relevant concerns to assure integrated explorations and solutions. Case studies of some of our projects and articles on strategy, identity, capacity and facilities can be found at

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