Strategic Plan Must-Haves to Stop “Chasing the Money”

Yes, that’s right. I see you! Sometimes it’s easy to get side-tracked and veer down the rabbit hole of funding opportunities. As a matter of fact, this will absolutely happen if you don’t have a Strategic Plan.

But what is a Strategic Plan and how will it help a nonprofit?

Well, that’s what Dr. Beverly Browning and I discuss in this week’s podcast and video.

But to give you a bit of a sneak peek, this is why you need one:

  • It gives your nonprofit a guide
  • It helps your board know what to report on and what milestones to target
  • It prevents 24/7 burnout
  • Sometimes your funding sources require it (grants, etc)
  • It sets target funding goals so you don’t run around in circles

These are all important reasons!

So who is this for? Well, this is for you if you are:

  • Thinking about starting a nonprofit
  • Need to grow your nonprofit and 2021 needs to look different otherwise you aren’t sure what will happen (but it won’t be good)
  • Are a freelance grant writer and want to offer strategic planning as a service

Join us in the December Nonprofit Series as we discuss Nonprofit Strategic Planning!

Did you miss you last week? Be sure to check out our 1st episode in the December Nonprofit Series! Just click here to listen to episode #147: Critical Red Flags to Avoid When Starting or Growing a Nonprofit.

Guess who’s back on the podcast with me as my co-host this week? Dr. Beverly Browning!

Beverly’s Bio:

Dr. Beverly A. Browning has been consulting in the areas of grant writing, RFP responses, technical writing, and organizational development for over four decades.  She has assisted clients and workshop participants throughout the United States in receiving awards of more than $500 million.  Dr. Browning is the author of 43 grant-related publications, including six editions (over 1 million books sold) of Grant Writing For Dummies™ ( She is also an international trainer and keynote speaker.  In 2015, she was selected by the Centers for Disease Control NICRD division to conduct a five-day Grant Writing Boot Camp in South Africa for ministers of health and other top-level health directors from 23 African countries.

Dr. Browning holds graduate and post-graduate degrees in Organizational Development, Public Administration, and Business Administration.  She has been a grant writing course developer and online facilitator for Cengage Learning ( for 17 years.  Her online courses (taught to thousands of students annually) are Advanced Proposal Writing, Becoming a Grant Writing Consultant, and A to Z Grant Writing: Part 2 – Beyond the Basics.

Dr. Browning is Founder and Director of the Grant Writing Training Foundation and CEO for Bev Browning, LLC.  She was a 17-year member of the Grant Professionals Association (GPA) and has presented training workshops and keynote presentations for multiple GPA chapters U.S.-wide.  In 2017, Dr. Browning joined the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and was a workshop presenter at their 2018 International conference in New Orleans. She is an approved trainer for GPA and CFRE International.

Dr. Browning has been married 53 years to John and has one daughter, Lara, a licensed therapist, and a special needs granddaughter, Aaliyah.

Connect with Beverly:

To find out more about Dr. Bev, check out

Or find her on LinkedIn where she facilitates a group at

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