NCNE is leading a national project designed to develop new ways of thinking about planning in nonprofits. We are doing this in partnership with the Center for Nonprofit Excellence in Akron, Ohio which has received a grant from the Kellogg Foundation for this purpose. NCNE has supplemented this with a grant from the Carnegie Corporation.
The Center for Nonprofit Excellence is a management support organization whose mission is to help nonprofit organizations achieve their missions through effective management.
The aim of the project is to develop what we are calling "protocols" - ways of thinking about planning the work of your nonprofit, for the whole organization, a particular program, or a commercial venture.
This work is being guided by an Advisory Group of people pre-eminent in nonprofit thinking and practice in the US - the members of this Group are given below.
The work has so far generated a set of simply worded questions and some ways of answering these. The resulting framework and guide are being piloted now with a small number of nonprofits in Akron, Ohio under the auspices of CNE. The results of the pilot will be published on this page of the site. In the meantime, we have included in this section of the Base a compendium of tools and approaches that can be used in planning by nonprofits.
Members of the Advisory Group:
- Beth Battle Anderson, Lecturer and Managing Director at the Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship at Duke University's Fuqua School of Business.
- Samantha Beinhacker, President of New Capital Consulting, and formerly Co-Director of the Yale - Goldman Sachs Partnership on Nonprofit Ventures, and
- Jerr Boschee, Executive Director of the Institute of Social Entrepreneurs, and founder and Executive Director of Peace Corps Veterans.
- Beth Bubis, formerly President and CEO of the Social Enterprise Alliance.
- Chuck Gould, National President and CEO of Volunteers of America.
- Irv Katz, President and CEO of the National Human Services Assembly.
- Kevin Kearns, Associate Professor, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Pittsburgh.
- Jeanne Bell Peters, Chief Operating Officer, CompassPoint Nonprofit Services.
- Bob Searle, a Partner in the Bridgespan Group.
- Steve Seleznow, Senior Program Manager at the Gates Foundation.
- Richard Stahl, President and CEO of Infolink Inc. a nonprofit in Akron, Ohio.
- Russell Willis Taylor, President and CEO of National Arts Strategies.
- Dennis Young, Bernard B. and Eugenia A. Ramsey Professor in Private Enterprise in the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University.
Mario Morino of VPP has also offered general support for the project.