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Strategic Planning Basics

February 28, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm


Understanding your nonprofit’s goals and vision for the future are critical for an organization’s success. However, organizations with limited financial resources often don’t know where to begin.

This hands-on workshop will focus on:
• Determining when your organization needs strategic planning
• Benefits of undergoing a strategic planning process
• Key components of a strategic plan
• Which stakeholders should be involved in the process
• Setting measurable and realistic goals
• Trends in the nonprofit sector that affect your short-term and long-term vision
• Making the most out of your completed strategic plan to advance the organization’s mission

Who should attend: This workshop is for nonprofit executive directors, board members, and senior level staff. Registration is limited to three per organization.

About the presenters:

Elizabeth Hosler Voudouris, Executive Vice President, BVU: The Center for Nonprofit Excellence

Elizabeth Hosler Voudouris has overall strategic and operational responsibility for BVU’s Nonprofit Consulting Center, develops and implements the foundation fundraising strategy and oversees the communications strategy.   In addition, Elizabeth led the development of BVU’s current strategic plan, co-facilitated the merger between BVU and The Center for Nonprofit Excellence, and is responsible for developing and launching new programs to serve nonprofits.  She attends all board and executive committee meetings and supports board committees including Governance and Community Relations.   Elizabeth was part of BVU’s founding team in 1993.  She has held responsibility in every facet of the organization – from business consulting, member services, fund development, serving as Interim President & CEO and now Executive Vice President.

Jennifer Johnson, Associate Dean, Undergraduate and Integrated Studies
Associate Professor, Design and Innovation
Case Western Reserve University

Jennifer has 30 years of management consulting experience in positions ranging from associate partner with the global management consulting firm Accenture to head of her own consulting practice. Her management consulting expertise is in guiding organizations to envision, plan, and implement successful change. Her experience includes developing and implementing strategies in transformational change, process and organizational design, and organizational communications. Jennifer has led project teams in a number of industries, including healthcare, telecommunications, utilities, natural resources, and manufacturing, and her clients have ranged in size from established Fortune 500 organizations to new corporate ventures. In addition, she has provided strategic consulting to a variety of nonprofit organizations. Jennifer has developed and implemented frameworks and tools for the successful planning and execution of consulting projects, and has been a faculty member in several professional education programs for business executives.

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Due to space limitations, priority is given to GAR’s grantees and Summit County nonprofit organizations.


February 28, 2018
9:00 am - 12:00 pm


GAR Foundation / Andrew Jackson House
277 East Mill Street
Akron, OH 44308 United States


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