Planning Resources

Asking the (sometimes hard) questions

| by Staci Barfield

One of my favorite things to do is to work with clients to develop an organizational assessment. Assessments are a core part of the work we do at Armstrong McGuire. Focusing on six key pillars of organizational capacity and sustainability – Mission, Vision, and Strategy; Leadership; Re…

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Hearing Voices

| by Staci Barfield

Nonprofit leaders - take a minute to answer the following questions: How well do you know your stakeholders? I mean REALLY know them — their values, priorities, motivations, and reasons for supporting or using the services of your organization? How much do your stakeholders know ab…

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What you can control…

| by Bert Armstrong

In recent months my team at Armstrong McGuire has been helping some terrific organizations across North Carolina navigate change – transitions in executive leadership; the loss of long time staff members and volunteers; changes in vision and direction; and growing pains as they seek to…

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Taking Time to Plan

| by Leslie Starsoneck

It’s early January. The fast-paced holidays, which were a welcome break from our fast-paced lives, are a fading memory. Faced with catching up from the holiday break, we try to resist jumping back in at the full speed that was 2015. We don’t feel the need to make formal New Year&…

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Where's My Next Leader?

| by Leslie Starsoneck

“Nonprofits not tapping staff for senior posts” is the title of a recent blog post by Philanthropy North Carolina’s Todd Cohen.  It leads with the statement “Succession planning consistently is the top organizational concern of nonprofit boards and CEOs, yet nonp…

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It's What You Make It

| by Shannon Williams

As I have recently come back from vacation with my family and am working to dig out, I have been pondering the question: Is vacation a blessing or a curse? I have decided that it is what you make it. I think we would all agree that technology has increasingly blurred the lines between work …

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Headed to the Beach? Think Strategic Plan

| by Shannon Williams

In North Carolina many of us will head to the beach to celebrate Memorial Day weekend and the unofficial launch of summer. When I think of the beach, I think of sand. Sand is beautiful as you look at it; soft, but solid when you walk on it; and itchy when you carry it off in your bathing su…

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Winning the Lottery

| by Shannon Williams

I have never actually played the lottery, but I have daydreamed a time or two about what I would do if I won it. Admit it, you’ve done that too! Of course, I know it is just a dream (especially since I don’t actually play). Unfortunately, I have encountered a few organizations l…

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