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Essentials of Nonprofit Strategy

Philanthropy University

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  • Provider Independent
  • Subject Strategic Management
  • $ Cost Free Online Course
  • Session Finished
  • Language English
  • Certificate Certificate Available
  • Effort 2-3 hours a week
  • Start Date
  • Duration 8 weeks long

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A nonprofit's strategy determines whether the organization will sink or swim. Nonetheless, nonprofit leaders are often unable or unwilling to plan in the short-term to achieve long-lasting social change.

This course will help you develop successful strategies to achieve your organization's goals and make strides towards meaningful impact. Using the social problem of homelessness as a real-world example, you will learn how to undertake the basic elements of strategy: defining the problem, identifying the needs and interests of beneficiaries, designing a theory of change and implementation plan, and establishing assessment criteria. With this foundation, you will be able to develop strategies that will ensure long-term impact for your own organizations — rather than just the illusion of results.


Module 1: Define the Problem

Clarify the problem that you want to solve

Module 2: Identify Beneficiaries' Needs and Interests

Identify your beneficaries and consider how their needs should inform your understanding of the problem

Module 3: Causes of the Problem and Approaches to Solving It

Assess different approaches to solving the problem after you have identified its causes

Module 4: Theory of Change and Planning to Implement

Define the intended ultimate outcome for solving your problem and build a series of causal links to identify how you will get there

Module 5: Changing Beneficiaries’ Behavior and Anticipating Failure

Identify barriers to changing behaviors and conduct a basic pre-mortem of your strategy to anticipate and plan for risks and barriers

Module 6: Preparing for Feedback

Specify how your organization will evaluate its effectiveness

Module 7: Program Evaluation

Review how to determine whether your strategy caused its intended outcomes


Taught by

Paul Brest

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Yussif A
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It was a great experience at Philanthropy University. Initially thought was going to be an easy through but it was challenging especially the requirements of assignments. It was great at the end.
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