Cynthia O’Connor heads to Savannah next month to facilitate a board retreat for AIRA. Cynthia has teamed up with Steve Schack of Clear Blue Associates of NYC for this engagement. Together, they are leading a five-month strategic planning and organizational capacity building process with AIRA’s senior staff and board of directors . Our holistic approach is based on the published body of work by Susan Kenny Stevens known as “Nonprofit Lifecycles”  We find that organizations often embark on strategic planning efforts that are almost exclusively focused on looking outward and focusing on their programs and services, with little consideration to the capacity that it will require. By taking this holistic view, we can help ensure that growth is managed, and efforts stay in synch.
 Susan Kenny Stevens, Nonprofit Lifecycles Stage-Based Wisdom for Nonprofit Capacity (Wayzata, MN: Stagewise Enterprises, Inc., 2002).