Strategic Planning for Impact

Often, organizations approach their strategic planning by asking their stakeholders for ideas about what the organization should focus on next, without thinking about the overall impact the organization hopes to have. Stakeholders often have great ideas about what is working well and what can be improved (the classic SWOT analysis) and employees and board members [...]

Impact for Whom? Defining Beneficiaries

One of the most important considerations in building strategy for impact is establishing who your beneficiaries are. You want to be clear about for whom you are intentionally doing this work. This shows up at the very beginning of strategy building, in defining your Intended Impact Statement, which states the result we intend to be [...]

Point of Accountability

Is your organization aligned on its Point of Accountability? Recently we heard a funder’s excitement about the clear purpose, and conviction to achieve it, that a grantee had gained after working with us. In fact, the funder wanted that same clarity for themselves. It reminded us that clarity of purpose and accountability is a rare [...]