For those of you that are unfamiliar with Strategic Planning, it is a way of analyzing your current situation and problems and coming up with solutions for those issues - both short term and long term - taking into consideration the resources that are available. A Strategic Plan is meant to be an iterative process, that once started continues year after year with reanalysis and changes to make the organization better than it was when it started. It is an opportunity to ask the question - where will this organization be in 5, 10, or 20 years from now? And, if you answer is negative, it is your opportunity to change it.
The analysis starts with that very real question: Where will we be in 10 or 20 years from now and continues with a definition of what our core Values are, what our Mission currently is and what our Vision of the future should be. Once we have those starting points we can do SWOT analysis. (SWOT - an frank examination of our Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, & Threats) This is a lengthy process where all of these are fully examined in all that we do. Once we have that information we can prioritize our problems, determine resources and time to accomplish and begin to solve the problems facing us thereby building our future and the future of those that follow us.