My guest for this episode is Linda Lysakowski. Linda has been serving and educating the nonprofit community for more than thirty years. She is one of slightly more than one hundred professionals worldwide to hold the Advanced Certified Fund-Raising Executive designation. In her thirty-plus years in the development field, she has managed capital campaigns, helped dozens of nonprofit organizations achieve their development goals, and trained more than 40,000 professionals in Mexico, Canada, Egypt, Bermuda, and most of the fifty United States. Linda is a graduate of Alvernia College in Reading, PA, with majors in Banking and Finance; Communications; and Theology/Philosophy. She is a graduate of AFP’s Faculty Training Academy and has received two AFP research grants.

Linda has received the Outstanding Fundraising Executive award from the Eastern PA, Las Vegas, and Sierra (NV) chapters of AFP (Association of Fundraising Professionals) and was recognized internationally with the Barbara Marion Award for Outstanding Service to AFP. She was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Las Vegas Chapter of AFP.

Linda is a speaker and the published author of well-over two dozen books. In addition to her full-length books, Linda has written three AFP Ready Reference Books and has been published in numerous other Publications, including International Journal of Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Marketing, Contributions, Advancing Philanthropy, Associations Now, CASE Currents, Major Gifts Report, Grant Station, New Directions in Philanthropy, and more.

Here’s what to expect during the episode:

  • What are the 3 key elements of strategic planning?
  • What are some common mistakes that organizations make when developing a strategic plan?
  • Why is strategic planning important for a nonprofit?
  • What are the challenges that nonprofits face when implementing strategic planning?
  • How can organizations ensure that their strategic plan aligns with their mission, vision, and values?
  • What are the key benefits of strategic planning for nonprofit organizations?

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