The Outer Banks Community Foundation is continuing its non-profit training series with a seminar on Wednesday, April 24 on strategic planning. Any non-profit serving the Outer Banks is invited to join by registering online at

            Popular trainer Jeanne Allen will lead the workshop, calling it a “thorough yet quick dive” into how a non-profit can develop and execute a plan for achieving its mission. The seminar will be held from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the College of the Albemarle at 132 Russell Twiford Road in Manteo. This workshop is offered for $11 per person, which includes a boxed lunch and morning coffee.

            In the hands-on seminar, Allen will break down the strategic planning process into three bites: preparing for your planning process, building your plan and living your plan. By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to organize their own strategic planning process, define and determine the roles and responsibilities needed, and design a monitoring and implementation process.

            There will be time throughout the seminar for individual non-profits to sketch out their pathway for how to integrate planning into their organizational culture. Non-profits are invited to bring two or more people to allow for real-time conversation and planning throughout the day.

            Allen is an instructor with the Duke University Nonprofit Management Certificate Program, where she teaches Board Development and Governance, Strategic Planning, Social Media Strategy and Policy, and Volunteer Engagement. She a BoardSource Certified Governance Trainer and a Certified Instructor in the Service Enterprise Program, sponsored by Points of Light Foundation. As a volunteer, she is a local organizer for NC Tech4Good, specializing in technology topics for nonprofits.

            The foundation is a public charity that manages $17 million in 185 charitable funds for individuals and agencies.


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