The first step in planning for the future of your organization is to take a hard look at where you are now. An assessment of the internal strengths and weaknesses of the organization, and of the external threats and opportunities you face can set the stage for developing a realistic plan for how you will achieve your mission.

Strategic Planning

Your organization will be more effective if you take the time to think comprehensively about what you will do, what you can do and what you won’t do. A good strategic plan will help you focus your efforts where they will do the most good, and help you evaluate proposals for new projects.

Fundraising Planning

Every organization needs some funding to do its work. It is essential to have a clear plan for how you will raise that money. The plan should analyze the funding needs of your programs, the long-term needs for growth, and your fundraising capability. The analysis will help you outline the steps to build the stable and diverse funding you need.

Organizational Structure

Effective nonprofits are run by Board members, volunteers and staff working together efficiently. This requires clear understanding of the roles of each and the lines of authority, and clear and regular communication. Attention to these structural issues will help your people do their jobs better.

Land Trust Standards & Practices 

The Land Trust Accreditation Program has placed new emphasis on the Standards & Practices published by the Land Trust Alliance. Most organizations will find they have to upgrade their compliance with the S&P in order to qualify for accreditation. The process starts with an assessment of your current level of compliance and recommendations for improvement. Implementing those recommendations will be a mixture of training, policy development and systems development.