Framework for Basic Nonprofit Program Structural Design

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    Framework for Basic Nonprofit Program Structural Design

    © Copyright Carter McNamara, MBA, PhD, Authenticity Consulting,
    LLC
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    Description

    The following framework will guide you through design of the basic overall
    structure for a nonprofit program. Nonprofit management can reference this structure
    when planning program resources and budgets, staffing and operational procedures
    to provide services to clients.

    NOTE: The framework depicts a useful format, but should be duplicated into
    an editable version, for example, into Microsoft Word.

    Readers are encouraged to work with a planning team in their
    organization to fill in this framework. After completing this
    framework, readers can move information from the framework to
    a more suitable document to be the final version of the plan document,
    if desired.

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    [NAME OF YOUR NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION!]

    STRUCTURAL DESIGN FOR

    [name of program!]

    [date!]


    TABLE OF CONTENTS

    Purpose of Program Structural Design

    Program Outcomes

    Program Goals

    Program Strategies

    Program Objectives, Responsibilities and Timelines


    Purpose of Program Structural Design

    The structural design is the “skeleton” on which
    the nonprofit program is designed. Nonprofit management can reference
    this structure when planning program resources and budgets, staffing
    and operational procedures to provide services to clients.

    The “skeleton” is comprised of the program goals,
    strategies and objectives, which should follow directly from the
    goals, strategies and objectives produced during strategic planning.
    The program goals are selected in order to accomplish certain
    benefits, or outcomes, for clients.

    The goals, outcomes, strategies and objectives are a major
    portion of the program plan. This plan usually also includes description
    of resources needed to achieve the goals and objectives, and the
    funding necessary to obtain and use the resources. Required resources
    usually includes human resources, which are often described in
    terms of necessary skills and capabilities. The necessary funding
    is often depicted in the form of a program budget.

    Program strategies are usually carefully described in the form
    of descriptions of methods to deliver services to clients.


    Program Goal(s)

    Each program should be intended to achieve at least one
    of the strategic goals, and may achieve more. List the strategic
    goal(s) to be accomplished by this program. Write goals to be
    “SMARTER”, that is, specific, measurable, acceptable
    to those achieving the goals, realistic, timely, extending the
    capabilities of those achieving the goals and rewarding to them,
    as well.

    Example Program Goal #1: Support at least 600 drop-outs
    from Minneapolis high schools to obtain diplomas or equivalent
    levels of certification

    1. ______________________________________________________________________

    ________________________________________________________________________

    ________________________________________________________________________

    2. ______________________________________________________________________

    ________________________________________________________________________

    ________________________________________________________________________

    3. ______________________________________________________________________

    ________________________________________________________________________

    ________________________________________________________________________

    4. ______________________________________________________________________

    ________________________________________________________________________

    ________________________________________________________________________

    5. ______________________________________________________________________

    ________________________________________________________________________

    ________________________________________________________________________


    Program Outcome(s)

    Program goals are intended to accomplish certain benefits,
    or outcomes, for clients. List the outcomes intended from the
    program. Note that outcomes are not always directly associated
    with a specific goal, but may be accomplished across several goals.

    • Example Outcome #1 — Drop-outs from Minneapolis high
      schools obtain high school diplomas or equivalent levels of certification
    • Example Outcome #2 — Within three months after getting
      certification, participants obtain at least half-time employment
      or enroll in an accredited program to further their education

    1. ______________________________________________________________________

    ________________________________________________________________________

    ________________________________________________________________________

    2. ______________________________________________________________________

    ________________________________________________________________________

    ________________________________________________________________________

    3. ______________________________________________________________________

    ________________________________________________________________________

    ________________________________________________________________________

    4. ______________________________________________________________________

    ________________________________________________________________________

    ________________________________________________________________________

    5. ______________________________________________________________________

    ________________________________________________________________________

    ________________________________________________________________________


    Program Strategies

    Program strategies are the major methods that are intended
    to be used to achieve the goals of the program. Often there are
    a set of strategies for each goal. However, strategies may combine
    to accomplish several goals. Program strategies often become major
    methods for delivering services to clients. Strategies also determine
    the resources needed by a program. List the strategies for the
    program.

    • Example Program Goal #1: Support at least 600 drop-outs
      from Minneapolis high schools to obtain diplomas or equivalent
      levels of certification
    • Example Program Strategy 1.1 — Conduct high-school
      equivalency training programs to drop-outs from Minneapolis high
      schools
    • Example Program Strategy 1.2 — Provide free transportation
      to enrollees in the program
    • Example Program Strategy 1.3 — Provide subsidized
      child care to enrollees in the program

    Goals Accomplished by the Strategies: # ___, ___, ___, ___,
    etc.

    Strategy # __.__ ______________________________________________________

    _______________________________________________________________________

    _______________________________________________________________________

    _______________________________________________________________________

    Strategy # __.__ ______________________________________________________

    _______________________________________________________________________

    _______________________________________________________________________

    _______________________________________________________________________

    Strategy # __.__ ______________________________________________________

    _______________________________________________________________________

    _______________________________________________________________________

    _______________________________________________________________________

    Strategy # __.__ ______________________________________________________

    _______________________________________________________________________

    _______________________________________________________________________

    _______________________________________________________________________


    Program Objectives, Responsibilities and Timelines

    Program objectives are smaller goals that are intended to be
    achieved while achieving the overall program goals and implementing
    the strategies to achieve the program goals. Similar to goals,
    objectives should be written to be “SMARTER”.

    • Example Program Goal #1: Support at least 600 drop-outs
      from Minneapolis high schools to obtain diplomas or equivalent
      levels of certification
    • Example Program Strategy 1.1 — Conduct high-school equivalency
      training programs to drop-outs from Minneapolis high schools
    • Example Program Strategy 1.2 — Provide free transportation
      to enrollees in the program
    • Example Program Strategy 1.3 — Provide subsidized child
      care to enrollees in the program

    Objectives for Strategy 1.1

    Date of Completion

    Responsibility

    Status and Date

    1.1.1. Complete program plan 2/1/99 Program Director
    1.1.2. Hire training director 3/31/99 Program Director
    1.1.3 – Develop training program 1/1/00 Program Director
    1.1.4 – Contract with high schools to get referrals about drop
    outs
    9/1/99 Program Director
    >1.1.5 – Pilot and evaluate pilot program 3/1/00 Program Director
    <1.1.6 – Train at least 600 drop outs 12/31/00 Program Director
    1.1.7 – Test to ensure at least 600 qualify for high school diplomas 12/31/00 Program Director
    1.1.8 – Finish program evaluation 2/15/01 Program Director


    Your Program Objectives, Responsibilities and Timelines

    (You should copy this page as needed.)

    Objectives for Strategy __ . __

    Date of Completion

    Responsibility

    Status and Date

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