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August 27, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am

LET’S TALK ABOUT: Strategic Planning

Having a clearly articulated plan is an important component of any nonprofit’s path to success.  Internal and external forces change the organizational landscape and climate throughout the year.  The best way to prepare an organization for the year ahead is to proactively create a clear game plan.  Nonprofit Roanoke helps organizations with their strategic planning process.  In this workshop, Technology of Participation (ToP) facilitators Alison Jorgensen and Amanda Holcomb will provide background on strategic planning elements and guide the group through interactive activities. At the end of the workshop, participants will leave with a better understanding of the strategic planning process and concrete ideas for their own organization.

Nonprofit staff and board members are welcome!  Space is limited.

COST: FREE!  Please note that if you register and are unable to make the networking event, you will need to let Foundation staff know immediately so that others may participate. Registrants who do not show will automatically be added to the wait list for the next networking meeting.


Alison Jorgensen is a passionate and dedicated professional with more than 17 years in the nonprofit industry. Driven by meaningful work, she has dedicated her professional life to bettering the community through building the capacity of nonprofits to achieve their missions. Alison is trained as a Technology of Participation (ToP) Facilitator and enjoys guiding nonprofits through the strategic planning process. As Vice President of the Council of Community Services, Alison provides support and leadership to talented staff in several programs.

Alison serves in an executive leadership role in several associations across the state, as well as serving locally on the Local Office on Aging’s Advisory Board and the Smart Beginnings Greater Roanoke Operations Committee. She earned her BA in Sociology from Roanoke College and her Masters in Nonprofit Administration from Louisiana State University. Alison earned her Certification in Volunteer Administration (CVA) in early 2009 and is a Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP). She has been employed by the Council of Community Services for over 17 years.  She is married with one child. 


Amanda Holcomb serves as the Community Engagement Manager at the Council of Community Services. Amanda provides support to various functions including internal operations, external engagement, marketing and development, and to programs including HandsOn Blue Ridge and Nonprofit Roanoke. Amanda is trained in Technology of Participation (ToP) Facilitation and has developed strategic plans with several organizations, including Blue Ridge Continuum of Care, Taubman Museum of Art, Kids Soar, and St. Vincent Homes.

 Amanda enjoys the opportunity to tell impact stories. She manages the Council’s social media accounts, website, and the Nonprofit Roanoke e-blast, the same newsletter she first discovered the Council and her initial position eight years ago. Her passion for making an impact carries over to other areas of her life where she currently serves as Vice President of The MaDee Project, Chair of the Steven W. Short Memorial Golf Tournament and Scholarship Program, and staff representative of the Roanoke Valley Violence Prevention Council. She is a graduate of Radford University with a B.S. in Communications, with a concentration in Public Relations. 



August 27, 2019
9:00 am - 10:30 am


Kara Gilley
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Community Foundation Serving Western Virginia
611 S. Jefferson Street, 2nd Floor
Roanoke, VA 24011 United States
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