February 4, 2004 - NPCA Strategic Plan: Analysis of NPCA Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats (SWOT)

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By Admin1 (admin) (pool-141-157-42-145.balt.east.verizon.net - on Wednesday, February 04, 2004 - 10:55 pm: Edit Post

NPCA Looks to the Future with Strategic Plan - Analysis of NPCA Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats (SWOT)

Read and comment on the Strategic Plan for the NPCA presented at the Board of Directors meeting on January 31 and endorsed by the Board on February 1. The Plan emphasizes improving what NPCA offers its members and strengthening NPCA's relationship with its group affiliates. PCOL will have an interview with NPCA President Kevin Quigley in our next issue that addresses each of the elements of the Strategic Plan in more detail. For now, read the plan and leave your comments below at:

NPCA presents Strategic Plan*

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NPCA presents Strategic Plan

Strengths of NPCA


Sole national organization for RPCVs and staff

PC "brand"

Strategically placed members


Weaknesses of NPCA


Lack of membership in NPCA


Unfocused; tail wags the dog


Opportunities for NPCA


Milestones: NPCA’s 25th, PC’s 50th

Vision and Mission align with current events

Greater technology to serve members

PC Cooperative Agreements, partnerships

Threats to NPCA



Weak finances

Resources stretched too thin

Safety and security

Background on Strategic Planning and on the Strategic Plan for the NPCA

A Strategic plan is document used by an organization to align its organization and budget structure with organizational priorities, missions, and objectives. Astrategic plan should include a mission statement, a description of the agency's long-term goals and objectives, and strategies or means the agency plans to use to achieve these general goals and objectives. The strategic plan may also identify external factors that could affect achievement of long-term goals.

There are a variety of perspectives, models and approaches used in strategic planning. The way that a strategic plan is developed depends on the nature of the organization's leadership, culture of the organization, complexity of the organization's environment, size of the organization, expertise of planners, etc. For example, there are a variety of strategic planning models, including goals-based, issues-based, organic, scenario (some would assert that scenario planning is more a technique than model), etc. In addition, the focus of the planning activities is often different between for-profits and nonprofits. Nonprofits tend to focus more on matters of board development, fundraising and volunteer management. For-profits tend to focus more on activities to maximize profit.

More information on Strategic Planning is available at:

Strategic Planning in nonprofit or for-profit organizations.

The NPCA Board has endorsed this Strategic Action Plan for 2004-2011. This plan, which is available in Power Point format here, places particular emphasis on improving what NPCA offers its members and strengthening NPCA's relationship with its group affiliates. The plan is designed in three phases:The Strategic Action Plan will be revised and updated as needed, with regular reporting on the progress being made. Individuals wishing to offer comments on the plan are welcome to send them to NPCA President Kevin Quigley at mailto:president@rpcv.org or leave your comments below.

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By daniel (0-1pool136-7.nas12.somerville1.ma.us.da.qwest.net - on Thursday, February 05, 2004 - 1:10 pm: Edit Post

So Kevin you feel insecure with the fact people on the hill are listening to the victims of violence and not you folks.

You folks abandoned us a long time ago.

No, we are RPCV's and we will not listen to patronizing RPCV's make put down's towards our own future's.

See you at the Hearings.


By daniel (0-1pool136-7.nas12.somerville1.ma.us.da.qwest.net - on Friday, February 06, 2004 - 6:25 am: Edit Post

Who are you competing against?

By daniel (0-1pool136-57.nas12.somerville1.ma.us.da.qwest.net - on Saturday, February 28, 2004 - 10:07 am: Edit Post

The resources are stretched too thin because, your focus is misguided and you spend money on things other RPCV's are not interested in. You need to engage the whole community of Peace Corps in order to have a strong organization. Its not about competition its about doing the greater good for the utility of what the organization was set up for instead of "pet projects" which are generally self interests of a few not the greater majority, that is why people stopped joining and giving.

Many RPCV's tried under Chiek, Dane and you. We run into the same indifference.


For me personally, You want me to give money to people who are not out for my best interest. That is board members. Why should I support that? I think others feel the same.

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