Create A Strong Business Plan for Your Nonprofit

Download this outline to keep your business plan on track – and make sure you don’t miss any key info.

Like any for-profit business, a business plan helps nonprofits demonstrate their goals, values, and key programs. Whether you need a business plan for internal reasons or you want to share with external sources, a solid plan ensures you have all the information you need – and acts as a foundation you can grow on!

Download this Nonprofit Business Plan Outline to learn what you should include in your plan, including what key details you must outline. Plus, get some tips on how to explain crucial parts of your mission.


Tips to Build the Perfect Business Plan

Setting up your nonprofit can feel like a Sisyphean task – one thing after another, with always more to do. The good news is that many of the materials you create in the early days of building your organization can be reused and will serve as a solid base for years to come. 

To build a nonprofit business plan, you’ll need a few things: 

  1. A solid mission and vision statement. These statements are crucial to helping the public (meaning donors, too!) understand why you do what you do. We have a handy worksheet to help you write these core statements! 
  2. An up-to-date listing of people in your org. You’ll need your board members, your key staff, and any volunteers who have a daily role in managing your organization. Creating a nonprofit organizational chart is also handy at this stage. It will both help everyone understand their roles internally, while showing how your organization runs to external viewers. 
  3. Download this Nonprofit Business Plan Outline. This helpful resource is great to have on hand to ensure you leave nothing out. If you’re not sure how to structure your business plan or what all needs to be included, be sure to download this outline for guidance. 
  4. Get a handle on your programming. You’ll need to be able to succinctly and effectively describe your programming, so you should know what it will look like and how it will help. The more details you know, the stronger your plan will feel to outside readers. 
  5. Gather any strategic plans. You’ll need to include this plan (or an idea of what the plan’s goals might be) in your business plan. Use our strategic plan template if you need any help! 

Most importantly, remember to take your time crafting such an important document. This will be a great guidepost as your organization continues to change and grow, so be sure to create something you’ll want to revisit often

About Donorbox

Donorbox aims to provide nonprofits with simple, effective tools to manage their fundraising activities, form better relationships with their donors, and build sustainable growth for their organization.

As one of the industry’s top fundraising platforms, Donorbox offers a variety of products, including donate buttons, embedded fundraising forms, custom fundraising pages, Text-to-Give, Peer-to-Peer, crowdfunding campaigns & more.

Donorbox is free to sign up, with no contracts and no montly fees. Along with the lowest processing fees in the industry, we have all the tools you'll ever need to get your mission from start to sustainability to success!