We all know creating a strategic plan is important for our organizations, but how do we know if we’re doing it right? There isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution. On this week’s episode of The Nova Communities Podcast, we speak with Sarah Olivieri of PivotGround on why we should ditch the way we’ve been doing strategic plans. Our conversation focuses on the ideal structure of our strategy, understanding different types of goals, aligning stakeholders, and ensuring we are making the most of our time.
Sarah helps us break down our goals into clear, easy-to-understand (and implement!) components as we dream big for our organizations.
Welcome and Introduction (0:46)
The Impact Method (2:45)
The Nonprofit Blueprint (4:45)
The Importance of a Written Strategy (7:45)
Creating a Collaborative Environment (9:58)
Does Timeline Matter? (14:02)
Outcome Goals (15:00)
Breaking Down Execution Goals (17:58)
The Whole Picture (20:00)
Innovative Ways to Plan the Plan (20:26)
Now What? (25:34)
Final Questions & Wrap Up (28:34)
Guest Biography Sarah Olivieri, Nonprofit Strategist and Founder of PivotGround
Sarah Olivieri is a nonprofit strategist with a passion for helping organizations thrive in the digital age.
The founder of PivotGround, Sarah helps human-service nonprofits increase capacity, deliver better programming, attract more funding, and make the world a better place.
She is the creator of the Impact Method™ – a business framework for nonprofits designed to help nonprofits thrive in the digital age. She has over 15 years of nonprofit leadership.
Sarah co-founded the Open Center for Autism and was the executive director of the Helping Children of War Foundation. She is also a published author whom co-wrote Lesson Planning a la Carte: Integrated Planning for Students with Special Needs.
Nova Strategies LLC is focused on building and enhancing the influence of communities by engaging, equipping, and empowering professional associations, user groups, and nonprofits to achieve their missions and thrive in ever-evolving industries.