Someone who is starting a new nonprofit to help people age in place asked me for a copy of our Aging in Place in Darien plan. Since the plan has not yet been approved by our board, but since I would like to provide some guidance, I've decided to post a template for a nonprofit business plan. This is how we structured ours. But other organizations can use other formats.
Please keep in mind that the most important part of writing a business plan is the planning itself -- asking the hard questions, thinking about them, discussing them and reaching consensus. Then, you need to find someone who can write clearly to capture the consensus. An outline or template is a good beginning, but it take a lot of work to fill in the blanks. The process can take up to 60 hours, including the writing, editing and financial projections.
If you need help developing your business plan, I would welcome the opportunity to consult with you. Feel free to contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here is the outline/template.
Beneficiaries, Value and Competitive Advantage
Opportunity to Make a Difference
History and Accomplishments
• Member Benefits :
• Communication –
• Fundraising –
Organization and Operations
Board of Directors
Source of Funds and Fundraising
Three Year Budget Projections
Assuming Current Configuration - Prudent Budget
Expenses Assumptions Year 1 Year 2 Year 3