Strategic Planning and Nonprofit Leadership

Learn clear action steps for refining and sustaining your strategic plan and enhancing your leadership effectiveness.


When and where

March 10, 2022March 11, 2022$950Register
October 3, 2022October 30, 2022$1,100Register
October 13, 2022October 14, 2022$950Register

Course Details

Strategic Planning and Nonprofit Leadership is offered once a year in-person and online.

In-person Schedule
The in-person class is two days in length.

Day 1: 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Day 2: 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Online Schedule
The online course is four weeks in length.

Each week you'll have a course module to complete. Each module consists of:

  • readings (available in PDF format)
  • viewing a pre-recorded narrated presentation
  • engaging in forum discussions with others
  • and submitting assignments.

More details about the online format and requirements may be viewed here.

View the in-person class agenda.

View the online course agenda.

The location next to each course date indicates if the course is being held in-person or online.

The in-person class is held on the IUPUI campus. Please click on the location name for further details and recommended hotel accommodations.

Registrants will receive complete course logistical information upon registration.

IMPORTANT REGISTRATION NOTE: Tuition payment is due before the class begins and may be paid by credit card, check, or purchase order. All cancellations and transfers are subject to an administrative fee of $275.

The Fund Raising School, an international leader in fundraising training and professional development, and IU Executive Education at the O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs, a nationally ranked leader in nonprofit management education, are pleased to announce this course offering. It is one of four required courses for the Certificate in Nonprofit Executive Leadership.

What this course is about

Strategic planning is essential for the effective leadership and management of nonprofit organizations, particularly in volatile and uncertain operating environments. This course will explore key aspects of building and sustaining a high performance organization through strategic planning. Participants will learn a practical model for conducting successful strategic planning. In the process, participants will create improvement plans for revising and updating existing strategic plans, and create individualized plans for professional growth and development relating to their own leadership styles. Topics include:

  • Leading and managing the process of strategic planning
  • Engaging board, staff and other stakeholders
  • Leading and measuring implementation of the strategic plan

How will this course help you?

You will leave this seminar with clear action steps for refining and sustaining your strategic plan and enhancing your leadership effectiveness. Using an experiential and problem-solving approach, you will be able to answer the following questions:

  • How do I improve my strategic plan?
  • How do I utilize metrics to achieve desired outcomes?
  • How do I improve my own leadership abilities?
  • How do I effectively engage people to produce results?