I am currently in a Master's Certificate Program on Teaching and Learning. For the class, I've been planning out the stages of a one-hour online class the Learning Outcomes for which are to help development professionals:
a. be able to describe what a Development Plan is and why it is important in fundraising.
b. gain the ability to articulate to their CEO or board of directors why creating a Development Plan and gaining buy in from close
stakeholders is important and how the Plan’s implementation could benefit the organization.
c. describe the common components of a Development Plan.
d. begin to envision how such components would be translated within their own organization (or if not already working in the industry,
envision how components could be translated into different nonprofit vertical industries like the arts or human services).
Developing the concept of this class has been very interesting, and I am considering making the one-hour online class a reality at the end of program in December.
It still surprises me how many nonprofits do not have a Development Plan - and those that have one often do not use it as a working document. I am excited to create this online class to help development professionals gain the tools they need to be successful!