Frequently nonprofit organizations face an external environment where demand outstrips their ability to meet it. They rely on processes to harness the creativity of their people in delivering to the triple bottom line of economic, social and environmental impact. Having an effective strategy can help provide a bridge between business and nonprofit organizations. Although most strategy tools are developed primarily for business organizations, other strategies have been created with more of a focus on nonprofit organizations. A model and several case studies are shown in the book, Strategy Making in Nonprofit Organizations. The strategy making model modifies the business practices of Strategy-Structure-Systems for the nonprofit context. It has a focus on Purpose- Processes-People that is well suited to meet the challenges of nonprofit organizations. These strategies can help leaders of nonprofit organizations by guiding them through better communication and articulation of challenges they face.
Jyoti Bachani is an associate professor in the School of Business and Economics at Saint Mary’s College of California. She has several years of experience as a strategy consultant to large corporations. Mary Vradelis is a consultant with over 20 years of experience with several Nonprofit Organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area, providing management & leadership training and retreat facilitation for long-term stability and growth.