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Fundraising War Stories: Nonprofit Strategic Planning for Dummies?

Posted by Ellen Bristol on Mon, Jul 09, 2012 @ 10:08 AM

What a fantastic opportunity to improve the client's fundraising plan! We were  selected to facilitate a two-day strategic-planning retreat for a nonprofit whose name you would know, so we'll just call them "The Transformers."  In a flash of brilliance on my part (that was a sarcastic remark in case you were wondering), we negotiated a nice deal, got insights into the backgrounds and personalities of most of the major players, and we were good to go.  We called the retreat a "refresher on the fundraising plan," because the CEO had a reputation for hating strategic planning and being an impatient kind of guy with a blithe disregard for detail.  We did all that good stuff ahead of time...but we never sat down with the CEO himself. 

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