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Supporting Scotland's vibrant voluntary sector

Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations

The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations is the membership organisation for Scotland's charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises. Charity registered in Scotland SC003558. Registered office Mansfield Traquair Centre, 15 Mansfield Place, Edinburgh EH3 6BB.

Business planning – managing the post-Covid landscape with confidence

The disruption caused by the pandemic shone a light into even the darkest parts of the business planning cycle in the charity sector. For many voluntary organisations and charities, far from seeing a drop in demand, the pandemic, and its aftermath, has seen a sharp increase in demand for existing services, and often a growing need for new services. The pressure on charities to respond quickly and appropriately to events has sorely tried their existing business planning methods.

Traditional linear business planning methods are poorly equipped to deal with the landscape we find ourselves in now. Reducing uncertainty and managing complexity without being overwhelmed by it is a goal that most charities would like to achieve. As it stands though, too many charities are wasting valuable time and effort on completing plans that will never be used and will have lost relevance by the time they are written.

Learning how to focus on using your whole organisation to produce stronger, quicker business plans will be the subject of our next Good Governance webinar. We will look at immediate and positive ways you can quickly accomplish business planning with much less effort. On the way you will learn some advanced insights and the three most powerful questions that will help you produce better and quicker business plans.

Many charities can also fail to see their business plan as a key part of their pitch to funders. Yet, in a time where demand for services is rising and funding is difficult to secure, charities are missing a golden opportunity to present their case to funders powerfully by using their business plan. This webinar will show you how to avoid the pitfalls of traditional business planning and help you harness the power of everyone in your organisation to deliver better results.

Join me and SCVO on 6 October for our Business Planning webinar - by using the practical and straightforward steps you will learn at the webinar, you will be able to go back to your organisation and immediately set to work on producing better business plans. Book your place now

Last modified on 25 August 2021