Strategic planning focuses and transforms nonprofits if done well. What do you need to know before you jump into strategic planning? Who needs to be involved? Does it still make sense to create a strategic plan given these uncertain economic times? On this show, I talk to Jim Troxley, a strategic planning consultant with Millennia Consulting about the benefits of strategic planning, how you know you’re ready for a plan, and what needs to happen to make the process effective. I also chat with Paul Hamann of The Night Ministry, a Chicago-based nonprofit that connects with the city’s vulnerable youth and adults. The organization completed a strategic plan in 2010 and he shares about the process they used, who was involved and what he learned about strategic planning along the way.