Workshop to help nonprofits develop sustainable strategic plans

Published 10:00 pm Friday, January 20, 2017

How do you set a strategic direction for your nonprofit? What are the parts of a strategic plan and how are they developed? What makes a strategic plan an effective tool your organization? Nonprofit expert Melissa LeRoy will lead workshop participants through the process of developing a strategic plan in a day-long workshop “Sustainable Strategic Planning for Nonprofits” on Friday, Feb. 10 at Isothermal Community College (Polk Campus) from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

This course is designed to assist nonprofit professionals with the process of developing a strategic plan. Students will examine the parts of a strategic plan including the vision and mission statement, values and goals that will guide the organization into the future. Students will also learn important tools to analyze their nonprofit organizations and help them make decisions for setting a course for the organization’s future.

This course is appropriate for organizations of any size or stage of development. Nonprofits are encouraged to bring a team, including both staff and board, so that together they can be most effective at implementing what they learned after the course is finished. 

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The full-day workshop is presented by WNC Nonprofit Pathways and instructor Melissa LeRoy.

LeRoy holds a Duke Certificate in Nonprofit Management and a Duke Advanced Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership. She teaches nonprofit management classes throughout North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. Melissa is a past board member of the NC Center for Non-Profits. She recently debuted her first TED talk, A Love Affair: The Art of Not Asking! and offers her services as a consultant through her firm, On Fire Non-Profit Consulting.

This course qualifies for six credit hours toward the Duke Nonprofit Management Certificate. WNC Nonprofit Pathways has a limited number of 50 percent scholarships available for individuals affiliated with a WNC nonprofit organization. To sign up online, visit To access scholarships, please visit and submit a request form. 

– article submitted by Jeannette Butterworth