Monday, September 21, 2009

3GoodQuestions $25K Planning Grants Available

3GoodQuestions announces $25,000 business planning grant for qualified Dane County non-profits.

3Good Questions, the Madison innovator of Question-Based Business Planning, is announcing a $25,000 grant for qualified Dane County non-profit organizations for a comprehensive question-based business plan. The application period is August 15 through October 15, 2009.

Derrick Van Mell, Principal of 3GoodQuestions, says, "My team agreed enthusiastically that the best way to serve our community is to do what we do best--and to do it together. These are tough times for all organizations and an effective plan is essential to non-profits for making the most of staff talent, volunteer time, and donor dollars."

To learn more about the grant's application and selection process please visit Apply by downloading and completing the “3GQ Grant Application” form found online at All completed forms must be emailed as an attachment to with the subject line reading “3GQ Grant Application.” Entries must be submitted by October 15, 2009 to be considered valid.


Question-Based Business Planning is a plain-English, fast, and economical alternative to traditional strategic planning. Its five-week, five-meeting process is business planning "without mission statements, weekend retreats or convoluted strategies or tactics." Area clients have been for-profits and non-profits, including the Goodman Community Center and the Wisconsin Early Childhood Association.

"This process and plan helped me find my voice as leader of the organization."
- Ruth Schmidt, Executive Director WECA

"When our board recommended strategic planning, I was dreading it, but 3GoodQuestions let us do everything in plain English. The questioning process naturally led us to see how all the departments interconnect, and the benchmark goals and tasks are keeping us focused. We're already making great progress."
- Becky Steinhoff, Executive Director Goodman Community Center

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