Create a Development Plan That Works

Approved for 3.75 CFRE hours

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Wonder why your development plans never get implemented? Often plans sit on a shelf, or in a computer file, never to be seen again, because the right people were not involved, the goals were not clear, there were no measurable action steps in place, and/or there were no metrics in place to measure success.

In this four-lesson course, you will learn:

  • How to get started in developing your plan
  • Who needs to be involved
  • What a comprehensive development plan should look like
  • How to implement and evaluate the plan.

Lesson Summary:

  • Lesson One: What is a Development Plan & Why You Need One—what the development plan is and is not, why you need one—there are many reasons but primarily helps you stay on track and not get derailed by every shiny object that comes down the road.
  • Lesson Two: Who Should Be Involved and Where to Get the Information You Need—development staff, other staff, board, volunteers, donors, and consultants should be involved in your planning process and each will have some of the information you need.
  • Lesson Three: What Your Plan Should Look Like-including samples and templates showing goals, objectives, strategies, and action steps needed for a successful plan.
  • Lesson Four: Implementing and Evaluating the Plan—once the plan is developed who will implement it, how will it be evaluated, and how it can serve as a guide for the next plan.

The recommended materials for this course are:

Nonprofit Essentials: The Development Plan

CharityChannel's Quick Guide to Creating Your Development Plan

Your Instructor

Linda Lysakowski
Linda Lysakowski

Linda Lysakowski, ACFRE, is the author of Recruiting and Training Fundraising Volunteers; The Development Plan; Fundraising as a Career: What, Are You Crazy?; Capital Campaigns: Everything You NEED to Know; Are You Ready for a Capital Campaign workbook, Raise More Money from Your Business Community; Raise More Money from Your Business Community—The Workbook; Fundraising for the GENIUS; a contributing author to The Fundraising Feasibility Study—It’s Not About the Money and YOU and Your Nonprofit Board; co-editor of YOU and Your Nonprofit and The Nonprofit Consulting Handbook; and co-author of The Essential Nonprofit Fundraising Handbook, The Leaky Bucket: What’s Wrong With Your Fundraising…And How You Can Fix It, Nonprofit Strategic Planning, CharityChannel’s Quick Guide to Creating Your Development Plan, CharityChannel’s Quick Guide to Developing Your Case for Support, and The New Donor. Her latest book, CharityChannel’s Quick Guide to Board Giving will be released this spring. She has also written in the fiction realm, having published The Matriarch and The Face of Jesus. Linda has more than thirty years’ experience in the nonprofit sector and has created dozens of development plans.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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