Organizational Planning

Driving Innovation: A Roadmap for Practical Implementation
Changing the System: A Strategic Approach to Making a Difference
Beyond Breakeven: Why Capitalization Matters

Beyond Breakeven 2.0
Business Planning 101
Dynamic Planning in a Changing Environment
Building the Capacity of Capacity Builders
Understanding the Sustainability Formula
Evaluating Organizational Capacity of Policy and Advocacy Organization


Driving Innovation: a Roadmap for Practical Implementation

What does it mean for a symphony orchestra to innovate? Jeff DeGraff, a leading innovation guru, shared his bold perspective. You can also view the PowerPoint presentation from this session.

Jeff DeGraff, author, Innovation You: The Book, executive director, Innovatrium Institute for Innovation, managing partner, Competing Values Company


Changing the System: A Strategic Approach to Making a Difference

While orchestras deliver programs that make a real difference to their audiences; ultimately having a true, lasting impact on the wider community often requires systemic changes to the culture; affecting resources and expectations of community partners and funders. Successful change agents share how strategic alliances, smart planning, and political heft can convert great community programs into enduring civic resources. 

Gigi Antoni, president/CEO, Big Thought; Elizabeth Merritt, founding director, Center for the Future of Museums, American Association of Museums; Heather Noonan, vice president for advocacy, League of American Orchestras; Dalouge Smith, president and CEO, San Diego Youth Symphony & Conservatory


Beyond Breakeven: Why Capitalization Matters

The warning signals have been there for years: persistent deficits, less-than-packed houses, concerned patrons and funders questioning continued support, communities in transition asking more of us than we ably deliver, and too many concerts amidst changing and shrinking demand.

Despite great sacrifices from musicians and staffs and stepped up giving from boards and volunteers, too many orchestras --not all, for sure --- but far too many, are in critical condition. We can and must act -- first, by speaking openly and frankly about our challenges, and next by looking deeply at how we operate. Getting Beyond Break Even by Susan Nelson provides new insights and tools that can lead not only to sustainability but to vitality.  


Beyond Breakeven 2.0

In Beyond Breakeven: Why Capitalization Matters, Susan Nelson, principal from Technical Development Corporation (TDC), introduced new attention to how the alignment of financial strength and risk with strategy should drive organizational decision-making. This video presentation, Beyond Breakeven 2.0 from the 2012 Mid-Winter Managers Meeting plenary, further explores these themes, diving more deeply into the idea of how you can create an integrated organizational and financial strategy that responds to current realities in our sector.

Beyond Breakeven 2.0, by Susan Nelson

Reflections on the Field, Jesse Rosen's Mid-Winter Managers Meeting speech


Business Planning 101

A TCC Webinar
In this webinar, TCC Group Partner Shelly Kessler and Senior Consultant Nadia Gomes explore the key components of a mission-driven business plan. You will learn how to clarify the definition and purpose of your mission-based business planning; discuss the keys to success and pitfalls to avoid in developing this plan; and explore an overview of the components of a mission-based business plan for nonprofits.

Free to League members! Register here.


Dynamic Planning in a Changing Environment

A TCC Webinar
Wherever you look, there are more demands and fewer resources. So, how do you approach planning? In today's economy, a dynamic strategic plan can help a nonprofit clarify objectives, focus on its core mission, and adapt to change. In this webinar, TCC Group Partner and Director of Nonprofit Services Shelly Kessler explains how the best planning processes are those that are fluid and flexible, take in new information, and apply new learning.

Free to League members! Register here.


Building the Capacity of Capacity Builders

A TCC Resource
At the Grantmakers for Effective Organizations 2012 National Conference, Paul Connolly discusses capacity-building ecosystems with Kit Gillem, Program Director at the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, and Fred Ali, President and CEO of the Weingart Foundation.   Readers will learn some of the following learning objectives in this power-point presentation: Obtain practical advice on how to support capacity builders’ efforts to enhance their program quality and business models; Learn about research methods for assessing nonprofit capacity-building needs and services; and Learn about effective strategies for funders to build the capacity of capacity-building organizations.

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Understanding the Sustainability Formula

A TCC Resource
Senior Vice President and Director of Research, Pete York discusses his new research paper which explains how nonprofits can remain resilient in challenging economic times.

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Evaluating Organizational Capacity of Policy and Advocacy Organization

A TCC Resource
Advocacy as a strategy for the nonprofit sector has become increasingly widespread. Foundations are looking to fund more of this type of work; nonprofits are learning how to harness its power toward better achieving their mission; and both are trying to better understand how to evaluate success. As the strategy of advocacy has grown, organizations have learned important advocacy skills. But, what does it mean to be an effective advocacy organization? What capacities are important for putting into practice advocacy strategies? How can organizations (and funders) ensure they have the capacity for doing advocacy work? Barbara Masters, Astrid Hendricks, and Jared Raynor briefly examine some of these issues.

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