Organizational planning is a process that defines a nonprofit’s overall direction, activities and strategies to fulfill its mission. Nonprofits have a duty to engage in sound planning to define a clear vision for the future. In order to best position organizations to achieve their goals, nonprofit planning should include input from constituents and should be intentional and ongoing.

Strategic Plans are essential for setting the right course of action for a nonprofit’s future. However, many of us have seen the creation of a a good plan only to see it ollect dust on the shelf. How do we keep our strategic plans alive? Melanie Lockwood Herman from the Nonprofit Risk Management Center provides some thoughful advice on how we must not be afraid to change and revise our plan after we get started.