Planning for Impact


  • Can impact happen in a single grant?

  • What are the benefits of focusing your giving?

  • How can we encourage our key decision makers to work towards finding a focus?

  • What are some of the ways donors, families and boards come to consensus about focus?

  • How does our focus relate to our mission?

  • Once we have a focus, what do we do next?

  • What is impact?

  • Why is it worth it to pursue impact?

  • How do you achieve impact as a funder with few or no staff?

  • Why is it important to decide what you want to accomplish?

  • What is planning?

  • What are some reasons a donor or board should consider engaging in planning?

  • What are some of the reasons donors and boards are reluctant to engage in planning?

  • What are the steps for developing our strategy and goals?

  • What is a theory of change?

  • How can we align the rest our operations with our plans for impact?

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