Strategic Planning Resources

Strategic planning involves collective thinking and planned action, carried out by stakeholders of an organization (typically including board, select staff, and other key stakeholders), to accomplish the goals of the organization. Strategic planning results in collective decision making about what the organization does and why it does it. In most cases, a strategic plan sets forth an action plan and clear direction for the organization for a specific time-frame. Most importantly, strategic planning is a learning process for the board, staff, and key stakeholders of an organization.

Organizations, businesses, institutions – all can benefit from having a strategic plan. There’s a variety of ways to do strategic planning, and numerous organizational development consultants in Dane County who can work with your Board on strategic planning.

Dane County Community Development educators can occasionally work with select organizations on strategic planning. To discuss further, please contact:

Mindy Habecker (environmental, natural resource conservation, and planning organizations): (608) 224-3718

Sharon Lezberg (social equity, community-based, and economic development organizations): (608) 224-3719


Community Tool Box, Strategic Planning This resource, from the workgroup for community health and development at the University of Kansas, provides a comprehensive overview of the strategic planning process. The tool box contains a wide array of resource materials that are related to strategic planning, from community assessment to evaluation. This is a good starting point for organizations that are considering embarking on a strategic planning process.

Strategic Planning for Non-profit and Foundation Leaders by Richard Mittenthal. This article provides useful tips to assure that the strategic planning process is useful, and that the resulting plan prompts action.