Writing a Nonprofit Business Plan

By Alyssa

A business plan is like a roadmap for your organization’s future that you build yourself. It helps an organization clarify what it wants to accomplish, how it will get there, what kinds of obstacles it might encounter and ideas for preparing for such possibilities in advance. The National Council of Nonprofits has a concise overview of nonprofit business planning along with some useful tools.

Sno-Isle’s business resources can help you write a nonprofit-specific business plan. From the Business & Finance page, search the Business Plans database from Gale for real sample nonprofit business plans.

A simple search of “nonprofit” returns 76 results. Not all of these are relevant, but you can choose filters such as “nonprofit” and “charities”. Looking through the results, not every relevant result is captured by those two filters, so it’s still worth browsing the rest of the results. Other good search terms include “501(c)(3)” and “501(c)(4)”.

Results can be downloaded as .pdfs, printed, or sent to an email address or the cloud.

If you need help with library resources such as Gale Business Plans, please schedule a Book-A-Librarian appointment for one-on-one assistance with using this or any other Sno-Isle resource.