Last Chance to Register for Oct. 16 Nonprofit Training

It’s your last chance to register for the Outer Banks Community Foundation’s strategic planning workshop! If you’re a board or staff member of a local charity, this training is for you.

Led by trainer and advisor Jeanne Allen, this training for nonprofits will be held on Friday, October 16 from 8:30 am until 4:00 pm at the UNC Coastal Studies Institute on Roanoke Island.

The course will focus on strategic planning for nonprofit organizations of all shapes and sizes, and it is open to board and staff members of any nonprofit serving the Outer Banks.

Advance registration is required by Monday, October 12. Register online at The fee to attend is $15 and includes your lunch.

The course will cover all of the key components of an organizational strategic plan, the essential practices of the planning process, and the practical tools a nonprofit can use to evaluate itself.

“A good strategic plan can transform a nonprofit organization,” said Lorelei Costa, executive director of the Outer Banks Community Foundation. “With a good strategic plan, you can engage your board members, synchronize your programs, prioritize spending, and set realistically ambitious goals that will inspire your donors and volunteers.”

The class will compare and contrast such tools as the SWOT Analysis, Sustainability Matrix, and Strategy Canvas. Participants will also review samples of actual strategic plans from real nonprofits in order to gain a better vision of the end result.

Costa continued: “We always get lots of requests for help with strategic planning. As part of our mission to support local nonprofits, the Community Foundation is thrilled to offer this six-hour training to local charities at a hugely reduced price.”

Jeanne Allen is a BoardSource Certified Governance Trainer with 30 years of experience in the nonprofit sector. She is a trainer, speaker, consultant, and advisor to nonprofits on such topics as board development, strategic planning, and social media strategy. She has worked for a variety of local and national nonprofits, including the Girl Scouts USA, Susan G. Komen of NC, and Clean Energy Durham.

As an Instructor with the Duke University Nonprofit Management program, Allen teaches classes on succession planning, board governance, volunteers, and, of course, strategic planning. Allen is a Newswire Contributor for Nonprofit Quarterly, and she is on the Editorial Board for the Nonprofit Technology Network magazine CHANGE. Hailing from the Triangle Region of North Carolina, Allen is an active leader with the nonprofit tech group NCTech 4 Good.

Space is limited for the workshop, and advance registration is required by Monday, October 12. Nonprofits can click here to register online.