Many great nonprofits work their magic largely behind the scenes. Farmers markets offer an excellent example of nonprofit enterprises at work, and the state of Washington has two of the best in the business: the Neighborhood Farmers Market Alliance, and Washington State Farmers Market Association. Both of these PIMG clients are efficient, effective, and striving for bigger things in the future.
Having a strategic plan in and of itself does show a statistical correlation with success. Public Interest Management Group has studied a variety of nonprofit organizational success factors, part of our Success Factor Analysis methodology. The most successful organizations are clear about what they’re trying to accomplish and why, and the validity of the methods they’re employing.
What you do next should be a function of where you're ultimately going. That seems simple, but envisioning an ultimate endpoint for an organization can be deceptively hard to do. A thoughtful new article offers a framework to consider different "endgames" for nonprofits. This has implications for how we think about organizational strategy and the issue of "scale."