Did you know there are 26 types of nonprofits recognized by the IRS, and there are common perceptions of what people mean when they refer to an organization as nonprofit?

A broad definition of a nonprofit is a tax-exempt organization that serves the public interest. In general, the purpose of this type of organization must be charitable, educational, scientific, religious or literary. The public expects to be able to make donations to these organizations and deduct these donations from their federal taxes.

Non-profits, just like for-profits, have a mission. How do they keep the mission alive and relevant? One way is to have a strategic planning session. Very simply put, strategic planning identifies where the organization wants to be at some point in the future and how it is going to get there. The “strategic” part of this planning process is the continual attention to current changes in the organization and its external environment, and how this affects the future of the organization. Strategic planning determines the overall direction and goals of the organization.

Another way to keep the non-profit on course with the mission is to plan a staff retreat. A retreat is an opportunity to step away from the day-to-day and business as usual. It provides a chance to exhale, to consider your work, and your goals with your cell phones off. It provides opportunity to focus on the important rather than the urgent.

Please contact us at info@chesapeakethinktank.com or (443) 249-3339 with your organizations goals and objectives.