Workshop #2: Making Strategy in Uncertain Times, Presented by Impact Catalysts

Thursday, November 12, 10:00 am-12:00 pm

“Humans make plans; God laughs,” goes the old saying that seems particularly apt these days. How can you even think about “strategic planning” when you don’t know what the next quarter will bring, let alone the next three years?

Many organizations are nimbly adapting to the pressing needs of their communities, temporarily putting a pause on their long-term plans. But how long is “temporarily?” For example, how will you know when (if ever) you’re able to shift back to your traditional service model? Or will your service model have to fundamentally change?

Facing questions like this can be understandably unsettling. Part of the purpose of developing a strategy—which we define as a framework for decision making—is to help manage that stress. In this interactive session, we will identify the essential components of strategy making in uncertainty, explore how you can get started, and consider how your organization might need to adapt.


Register in advance for this program:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


For background, we recommend you read these two short blog posts from Impact Catalysts about contingency planning:

Contingency Planning In 5 (not so easy) Steps
Adapting Strategy In The Contingency Planning Era


About Impact Catalysts:

Impact Catalysts is a partner to social enterprises and philanthropies. We’re here to help people who have dedicated their lives to social impact develop the systems, tools, and processes that catalyze impact. We work in partnership with leaders of social enterprises and their stakeholders. We believe that, done right, a planning process can reinforce and advance an organization’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. Within the limitations of confidentiality requirements, we seek to include the voices of those with lived experience in our analysis of a client’s options. We’re issue agnostic—we believe that there is no single social issue that improves communities. There are many levers for change, and they all matter to us. And we’re implementation focused—we stick with our clients as they work to make their plans a reality, providing advice and counsel along the way. We’ve led nonprofit organizations and gotten our hands dirty in direct service work domestically and internationally. All of us got into consulting because we want to pay forward the lessons we learned the hard way.


Building Resilient Nonprofits for our Region

As part of our commitment to support healthy and vibrant nonprofits during these difficult times, the SouthCoast Community Foundation, as a founding member of the Massachusetts Community Foundation Partnership, is proud to share the Partnership’s first list of workshops. We are excited to be able to bring these to you for free. These workshops are just one of several tools and resources we plan to bring you to address the needs of the nonprofit community you surfaced during our recent survey.


Massachusetts Community Foundations Partnership

A donor collaborative of Community Foundations in Massachusetts, partnering with nonprofit organizations to strengthen their missions, programs and capacities to contribute to and provide a leadership voice toward stabilizing, re-envisioning and rebuilding the nonprofit sector; connecting and strengthening community foundations for greater impact; and working together to deepen impact and lead on critical and common issues facing our communities and Massachusetts.

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