Strategic Planning and Nonprofit Leadership

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


When and where

October 2, 2023October 29, 2023$1,345Register
November 2, 2023November 3, 2023$1,195Register

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.

Full participation in many of The Fund Raising School’s courses fulfill education point requirements for Category 1.B-Education of the CFRE International application for initial certification and/or recertification.

Strategic Planning and Nonprofit Leadership qualifies for 13.0 CFRE Education Points/Hours.

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 to conduct successful strategic planning. In the process, participants will create improvement plans for revising and updating existing strategic plans. 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 planning 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 effectively engage people to produce results?