Business Planning

Whether exploring the development of a new program or improving the functionality of a long standing one, ESC nonprofit consultants bring decades of experience to ensure your organization has the structure, processes, and resources to achieve your mission.

Business planning with ESC

We understand every organization faces its own unique challenges, and ESC consultants will take the time to understand those challenges and tailor the process to your organizations specific needs. An ESC consulting engagement typically starts with an in-depth review of your strategic plan to clarify your goals and priorities. We follow with a comprehensive financial analysis to determine costs and the long-term viability of your venture. This informs our recommendations for action steps, timeline, criteria for measuring outcomes, as well as procedures for regularly fine-tuning your business plan as progress is made.

Business planning benefits

A well thought out business plan lays the groundwork for long-term success. It helps optimize staff and resources and puts your organization in a sound financial position.

Elements of Business Planning



  • Goals
  • 1-, 3- and 5-year objectives
  • Priorities


  • Revenue & expense drivers
  • Anticipated profitability & viability
  • Fixed & variable costs


  • Action steps & timeline
  • Outcome measurements
  • Evaluation & adjustment procedures


  • 1- to 3-year business plan
  • Implementation plan


  • Clear direction & path to success
  • Talent & resource optimization
  • Financial sustainability
  • Stronger fundraiser support
  • Sustained growth