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NDANO offers live in-person and online learning opportunities for nonprofits, often with partners. Members receive discounted rates on all NDANO events. All times are Central unless otherwise indicated.

Do you have a learning opportunity or event for North Dakota nonprofits to add to our calendar? Email NDANO with the details.

Strategic Planning in Nonprofits

Wednesday, February 24, 2021
6:00 pm7:30 pm
NDANO Partner Webinar Series

Presenter: Washington Nonprofits (WA)
Organizations - $300 Members of NDANO / $500 Not-yet-members (up to five members)
Individuals - $150 Members of NDANO / $300 Not-yet-members

Five 90-minute webinars on Wednesday, Feb. 24, March 17, April 14, May 12, & June 16, 2021, 6 -7:30 p.m. CT

Is strategy development on your radar? Does your nonprofit organization want to engage in meaningful conversations to refresh and realign around your mission, develop a plan for the future, and energize those inside and outside the organization? If you answered yes, and you relish the idea of learning side-by-side with peers in the nonprofit sector, join WA in the Strategic Planning in Nonprofits Virtual Cohort.

The strategic planning cohort is designed to guide organizational teams through a strategic planning process from start to finish over a four-month time horizon. The cohort will use resources from Strategic Planning in Nonprofits (SPiN), a toolkit to help nonprofits successfully complete strategic planning and will also include customized resources and consultations to right-size a process and plan for your organization. The course will include training on strategic planning elements and on-going peer learning and support in small breakout groups. SPiN facilitators will be available to answer questions in the large group learning space, small breakout groups, and during office hours.

Course Outline:
Part 1: Getting Started with Strategic Planning
Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021 | 6 -7:30 p.m. CT
• Overview of SPiN
• Phase 1 – Prepare
• Phase 2 - Listen

Part 2: (Working Session) Elements of Knowing Thyself
Wednesday, March 17, 2021 | 6 -7:30 p.m. CT
• Progress check
• Phase 2 – Listen

Part 3: Your Organizational North Star
Wednesday, April 14, 2021 | 6 -7:30 p.m. CT
• Progress check
• Phase 3 - Envision
• Phase 4 - Plan

Part 4: (Office Hours) Putting the Pieces Together
Wednesday, May 12, 2021 | 6 -7:30 p.m. CT

Part 5: Making it Stick
Wednesday, June 16, 2021 | 6 -7:30 p.m. CT
• Phase 5 - Execute
• Phase 6 - Evaluate
• Celebrate

*Note: For a successful strategic planning process, it is recommended that you build in time for staff and board meetings. It is especially critical to schedule a longer planning session with your board and key staff to provide input on mission, vision, and strategic priorities sometime between our 3rd and 5th sessions.  

About the Presenters:
Kim Rakow Bernier, M.P.A.
Kim is a social purpose consultant, facilitator and leadership coach who partners with leaders and organizations to bolster their capacity to align people, purpose and planning for impact and transformation. She is a nonprofit practitioner and educator with over twenty years of experience and leadership in building the capacity of leaders and organizations. Her specialties include strategy development and planning, board development, and leadership transition. She brings a strength's-based, collaborative approach to her work that centers on building capacity within organizations and the individuals and teams that give them life. Kim is committed to creating inclusive and equitable spaces and systems. Her early days as a Peace Corps volunteer shaped her still evolving passion and accountability to locally owned, and culturally relevant community development and leadership.

Kim has a Master of Public Administration degree and a Certificate in International Development Policy and Management from the Evans School of Public Affairs. She is also a certified professional leadership coach.

Sandra Amolo
Sandra was born and raised in Nairobi, Kenya and immigrated to the United States when she was a teenager. She has spent over 10 years working in nonprofits, serving in communications, farming, youth advocacy and education, human rights observation, community organizing, and nonprofit management. Sandra earned her BA in Business Administration from Seattle University.