The Nonprofit Leaders Guide to Planning and Action

Nonprofit organizations are continually faced with questions, “Are we doing the right thing?  Will this event or that program be consistent with our mission?  What should we be focused on in the short term to get to our long-term goals?  What are our long-term goals?”

Consultant Judy Futch is an expert in helping nonprofits assess their goals and plan for the future.  She will be guiding a two-part process for Avery, Mitchell and Yancey county nonprofits on two Wednesday mornings, February 28 and March 21, in the ARC, upstairs of the Toe River Arts Gallery at 269 Oak Avenue, Spruce Pine.  The workshops will run from 9:00 a.m. to noon with a registration fee of $30 for the first registrant and $25 for up to three more from the same nonprofit.  The cost covers both sessions and registrants should clear their calendars to attend both. Coffee, tea, and breakfast treats are included.  “The Nonprofit Leader’s Guide to Planning and Action” is sponsored by WNC Nonprofit Pathways with support from Duke Energy.
            In the first session participants will focus on mission, vision, guiding principles and strategic directions and annual plans.  She’ll suggest key ways to involve staff, board and volunteers in these planning processes and will set the stage for a planning event to conduct with them before session two.  In session two participants will describe what was planned and what actually happened and assess what the highlights were and what they might do differently the next time.
            Judy Futch is a senior consultant with WNC Pathways.  In addition to working with a number of local nonprofits, she is also one of the consultants guiding the WNC Nonprofit Pathways Leadership Program.  She consults with mature organizations on issues of merger, service delivery improvement, staff retention and recruitment, strategic direction and leadership succession. She also works with early-stage organizations to identify stakeholder interests, clarify vision, mission, goals and leadership roles and to build effective board, executive director and staff relationships.
            Her background is in health education.  She established the Mental Health Education Program at Wake Forest University School of Medicine (formerly Bowman Gray) and also the Management Education Department at Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC) in Asheville.
            To be sent a link to register for this workshop, contact Susan Larson at or 828-765-2652. Registration is limited, and individuals or groups are encouraged to register by Friday, February 23.

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