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Creative Studies, M.S.


Center for Studies in Creativity


Dr. Susan Keller-Mathers


Pathway to Permanence: Strategic Planning for a Creative Nonprofit

This project examines a portion of a strategic planning process used by Instar Learning Alliance, an educational nonprofit, to prepare for the final development of a business model and the writing of a business plan. The nonprofit, currently serving older adults in Montgomery County, PA, identified key areas for research to clarify and support their mission and vision. A comprehensive review of an external environmental scan, an analysis of the theory of change and its impact on the direction of the nonprofit, and a serious look at critical success factors collectively provided the founders with data to make informed decisions. The results of the strategic planning greatly increased the possibility of a successful implementation of the future business plan.

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