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Strategic Planning in Nonprofits Online Cohort Series – Washington Nonprofits

February 24 @ 7:00 pm - June 16 @ 8:30 pm

$150 – $300


Five 90-minute webinars on Wednesday, February 24, March 17, April 14, May 12, & June 16, 2021, 4:00PM-5:30PM (Pacific Time)

(Contact Hilaria at for your WVNPA Member Discount Code)

Organizations – $300 Members of State Nonprofit Associations / $500 Not-yet-members

*Register with one person’s info now. Send us up to 5 team members’ info later.

Individuals – $150 Members of State Nonprofit Associations / $300 Not-yet-members


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Is strategy development on your radar? Does your nonprofit organization want to engage in meaningful conversations to refresh and realign around your mission, develop a plan for the future, and energize those inside and outside the organization? If you answered yes, and you relish the idea of learning side-by-side with peers in the nonprofit sector, join us for the Strategic Planning in Nonprofits Virtual Cohort.

The strategic planning cohort is designed to guide organizational teams through a strategic planning process from start to finish over a four-month time horizon. The cohort will use resources from Strategic Planning in Nonprofits (SPiN), a toolkit to help nonprofits successfully complete strategic planning and will also include customized resources and consultations to right-size a process and plan for your organization. The course will include training on strategic planning elements and on-going peer learning and support in small breakout groups. SPiN facilitators will be available to answer questions in the large group learning space, small breakout groups, and during office hours.


  • Get the support you need to create a quality strategic plan for your nonprofit.
  • Support and peer accountability for a team of people from your organization to learn about and take action to create a strategic plan
  • Key concepts and practical tools presented in real time to guide you through the process
  • Peer learning and feedback at key points
  • Expert facilitators and assistance available as needed
  • By June 2021, you will have a completed strategic plan!


Board Members, Executive Directors, and other nonprofit staff working with boards.

To get the most out of the course, we recommend participating organizations do the following:

  • Commit 2 to 3 board and/or staff members to attend each of the five sessions and be prepared to complete practical homework assignments between sessions (drafting various pieces of your plan)
  • Hold regular board meetings (preferably monthly) that provide time and space for strategic planning conversations
  • Be an existing 501(c)3 or nonprofit corporation registered with the state


Part 1: Getting Started with Strategic Planning

Wednesday, February 24, 2021 | 4:00pm-5:30pm (Pacific Time)

  • Overview of SPiN
  • Phase 1 – Prepare
  • Phase 2 – Listen

Part 2: (Working Session) Elements of Knowing Thyself

Wednesday, March 17, 2021 | 4:00pm-5:30pm (Pacific Time)

  • Progress check
  • Phase 2 – Listen

Part 3: Your Organizational North Star

Wednesday, April 14, 2021 | 4:00pm-5:30pm Pacific Time

  • Progress check
  • Phase 3 – Envision
  • Phase 4 – Plan

Part 4: (Office Hours) Putting the Pieces Together

Wednesday, May 12, 2021 | 4:00pm-5:30pm Pacific Time

Part 5: Making it Stick

Wednesday, June 16, 2021 | 4:00pm-5:30pm Pacific Time

  • Phase 5 – Execute
  • Phase 6 – Evaluate
  • Celebrate

*Note: For a successful strategic planning process, it is recommended that you build in time for staff and board meetings. It is especially critical to schedule a longer planning session with your board and key staff to provide input on mission, vision, and strategic priorities sometime between our 3rd and 5th sessions.


Kim Rakow Bernier, M.P.A. is a social purpose consultant, facilitator and leadership coach who partners with leaders and organizations to bolster their capacity to align people, purpose and planning for impact and transformation. She is a nonprofit practitioner and educator with over twenty years of experience and leadership in building the capacity of leaders and organizations. Her specialties include strategy development and planning, board development, and leadership transition. She brings a strength’s-based, collaborative approach to her work that centers on building capacity within organizations and the individuals and teams that give them life. Kim is committed to creating inclusive and equitable spaces and systems. Her early days as a Peace Corps volunteer shaped her still evolving passion and accountability to locally owned, and culturally relevant community development and leadership.

Kim has a Master of Public Administration degree and a Certificate in International Development Policy and Management from the Evans School of Public Affairs. She is also a certified professional leadership coach.

Sandra was born and raised in Nairobi, Kenya and immigrated to the United States when she was a teenager. She has spent over 10 years working in nonprofits, serving in communications, farming, youth advocacy and education, human rights observation, community organizing, and nonprofit management. Sandra earned her BA in Business Administration from Seattle University.


February 24 @ 7:00 pm
June 16 @ 8:30 pm
$150 – $300
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