This case study looks at how business planning helped Shoestring Gardening to adopt a more business-like approach, improve volunteer recruitment, and attract increased funding.
The challenge of operations and finances
In 2010, not for profit group Shoestring Gardening was facing a volunteer shortage and operational and financial challenges.
Looking for inspiration, coordinator Karen Bembridge attended a business planning seminar for not for profit organisations. Following on from the seminar, Shoestring also received four business planning mentoring sessions.
Support through business planning and mentoring
Between November 2011 and June 2013, the former Office for the Community Sector, in partnership with Small Business Victoria and the Small Business Mentoring Service, delivered the Business Planning for Not for Profit Program.
The Program featured ten business planning seminars and individual business mentoring sessions across Victoria to support not for profit community organisations improve business practices. This case study was one of the participants in the program.