Strategic Planning – Issue Based and Directed

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Giving DuPage began its partnership with the Civic Leadership Academy at Northern Illinois University in 2015 to invite Giving DuPage non-profit partners to an accredited and nationally-recognized certificate program. Non-profit organizations have access to discounted course rates as a benefit of being a Giving DuPage partner. Courses are centered on professional development, organizational efficiency, and informed leadership. The partnership between CLA and Giving DuPage will provide the DuPage nonprofit sector with a quality certification program.

February 1, 2017 Strategic Planning – Issue Based and Directed Workshop
9 AM to 4 PM


Understand different strategic planning approaches and techniques and their attendant advantages and disadvantages

Gain understanding of the importance of strategic plan implementation and follow-up through best practice applications

Learn how strategic planning fits into other organizational functions, such as budgeting and accountability


This workshop will be hosted in two parts with the morning session focused on the impact of strategic planning on local government, nonprofits, and corporate industry, and local businesses.  Strategic planning is participatory and necessary for organizations as a means of determining their path ahead.  The strategic and focused use of a plan can result in success in executing operational plans to drive economic and community development. Organizations engaged in planning are considered to be forward thinking, identifying future challenges while creatively solving problems when looking at the organization as a whole.

Afternoon discussion will center on the differences between sectors’ strategic plans and how an individual’s role and job plays a crucial part in making a functional and successful plan.  Individuals will learn how to be an effective participant in the planning process.  Register for this workshop and participate in hands-on activities with scenario planning and a sector-driven exercise.

For more information and registration, visit: Giving DuPage NIU Civic Leadership Academy

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