Build a Learning Strategy to Expand Reach, Revenue, and Impact

About Nancy Bacon

Nancy Bacon is the architect behind three learning programs. She is a teacher, instructional designer, and speaker on topics at the intersection of learning and nonprofits. She has advised many associations, nonprofits and consultants in their learning strategy development. Nancy writes about learning on her website:

What recent attendees have said

I’ve sat through A LOT of trainings, and your toolkit is the most comprehensive and easy-to-understand resource that I have seen to date. Well done!

This was easily one of the best trainings I have attended.

Nancy’s expertise is second to none. You will come away with practical information and ideas that you can put to use immediately!

This was exactly what we needed, and we have learned so much!! Nancy, you’re awesome!

March 9, 2021 | 9:00-12:00pm Pacific

You deliver trainings. You might also produce a few checklists, templates, or white papers to help people get what they need. You struggle to figure out the business model to cover the costs of your programs, let alone maximize their impact across your community. It is time for a learning strategy.  

An effective learning strategy helps people solve problems so they can do their jobs better. It gives them what they need when they need it so they have greater impact. It also provides you with guidance on how you communicate, price programs, and prioritize opportunities. Just as the process of building a strategic plan makes space for important conversations about direction and priorities, a learning strategy answers core questions so you can run your programs with greater efficiency and effectiveness.

During this course, we will cover the core elements of a learning strategy:

  • Learning mission, vision, and philosophy as the foundation of your program
  • Key audiences
  • Current program and financial picture of your learning program
  • Future program and financial priorities
  • Pricing models
  • Key policies to support success

By the end of the class, you will be able to:

  • Explain your learning program strategy to a funder or board member.
  • Name two key audiences and how you serve them.
  • Name considerations in pricing a program.
  • Make a plan for what content should be transitioned to online delivery.

You will have a draft learning strategy ready to implement.

The course will include:

  • One three-hour online sessions
  • Assignments (estimated to take one hour each) to complete before and after course
  • Workbook filled with worksheets and resources to guide your process
  • Peer connection for sharing ideas and resources
  • Recordings accessible for up to six months

This course is designed for learning directors, executive directors, and consultants interested in making their learning program more strategic.


Imagine a day when nonprofits are ready and able to transform how they serve their communities. They are leaders in decision-making because of their knowledge of the people they serve. They solve hard problems through broad collaborations that put opportunities and challenges at the center of their focus. Nonprofits work with abundance over scarcity. All of this is possible if we invest in the kind of learning that changes minds, behavior, and actions. We can achieve this if we revolutionize the role that learning plays in the nonprofit sector. 

Nancy Bacon

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