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Description of Strategic Planning
Strategic planning is not the same as long-range planning. With long-range planning, an organization envisions and sets goals for the future, and develops the necessary procedures, tasks, and actions for achieving that future. Because of the unpredictable nature of running a nonprofit these days, however, long-range planning is no longer enough.

Strategic planning takes into account the ever-changing external and internal issues that impact and shapes an organization. It is also a continuous process. Where long-range planners assume current trends will continue and map out a most likely future, strategic planners expect change and consider a range of possible futures. Strategic planners keep options open so they can respond promptly and effectively to changes in the environment. These changes are factored into an organization's plan to achieve its goals.

The ideal strategic plan:

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