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Nonprofit Management Institute

Upcoming courses

NMI 227 - Strategic Planning Boot Camp (April 2024)

Session details

Registration closes on Wednesday, March 27th at 5:00 P.M. (Arizona time).

This is an online course with specified due dates for each discussion question and class assignment. Instructional staff are available to aid you with subject questions and help guide you through each weekly course module. In addition, a required Zoom session each week provides additional course reinforcement, student-instructor Q&A, and networking for students.

Early Bird Special: $349 (ends two weeks before course start date)

Program description

Program dates

to

Delivery method

Online hybrid (asynchronous with Zoom sessions)

Cost

$379

The landscape for today’s nonprofit organizations is filled with new and uncharted territory. This boot camp provides participants with an intensive, hands-on experience using the current best practices for effective strategic planning in nonprofit governance.

You will learn:

  • how to assess internal and external factors influencing the success of your programs
  • how your organization creates value for your clients
  • how to envision alternative, future scenarios with strategic responses for optimal organizational planning

You'll start thinking strategically, approach your strategic planning creatively within your organization and create an action plan for implementing what you have learned.

Example tools you will learn during the course:

  • PESTEL (for scanning the external environment)
  • SWOT (for scanning the internal environment)
  • Value Disciplines for a client-focused approach to planning
  • Scenario Planning
  • Steps for Change Leadership

This course is required for:

Fundraising and Sustainable Financial Management Certificate

Nonprofit Operations and Program Impact Certificate


Knowledge Specialist

 Deborah Thompson
Knowledge Specialist, Nonprofit Management Institute

Deborah Thompson is a nonprofit professional with 30 years of experience leading and working with mission-based organizations.  She is passionate about advancing the nonprofit sector through principles of servant leadership, good governance and accountability; and developing the next generation of nonprofit leaders who will champion missions that are vital to our community.

Deborah has professional experience working with a broad range of small grassroots and large national nonprofits. She enjoyed a 14-year career with Make-A-Wish America where she served as a national Vice President responsible for chapter performance, mission delivery, leadership and governance effectiveness across the U.S. In this role she also served as Interim CEO and Board officer for local chapters undergoing turnarounds, and facilitated board governance training efforts nationwide. Deborah subsequently joined New Pathways for Youth as its first Chief Operating Officer where she helped develop the organization’s expansion strategy and became a volunteer mentor.

Across her career, Deborah has served in leadership, fundraising and community development roles at several other nonprofit organizations including Scottsdale Arts, West Valley Arts, Youth Evaluation and Treatment Centers, Trinity College (CT) and Cumberland County Training Resource Center (ME). In 2019 Deborah became an independent consultant and formed Studio 929 West, offering strategic planning, board development, strategic transitional leadership and executive coaching for nonprofit organizations and leaders.

Deborah holds a Master’s degree in Organizational Management from University of Phoenix and a B.A in American Studies from Trinity College (CT). She received a Certificate in Nonprofit Executive Leadership from ASU’s Lodestar Center, a Certificate in Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management from Harvard Business School and a Certificate in Interim Executive Leadership from Third Sector Company.  She is a member of Boardsource, Arizona Association of Nonprofits, and International Coach Federation.

Other sessions for this program

Title Date Course delivery
NMI 227 - Strategic Planning Boot Camp (October 2024) to Online hybrid (asynchronous with Zoom sessions)

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