Charting Your Course - Strategic Planning for Breed Organizations

Cultivating Leadership for Breed Organizations

Welcome to Charting Your Course: Strategic Planning for Breed Organizations, part of The Livestock Conservancy's Cultivating Leadership for Breed Organizations series.

Breed clubs, organizations, and associations are an important part of successful conservation. A well-functioning breed organization has the ability to unite owners around a common cause to support the animals they love and ensure they are around for future generations.

The Cultivating Leadership for Breed Organizations webinar series focuses on what it takes to develop a strong foundation upon which an organization can function and handle any problems that may present themselves. Courses in this series include:

  • Articles of Incorporation and By-laws
  • Managing Membership
  • Recruiting and Managing a Board of Directors
  • Accountability & Transparency
  • Internal & External Communications
  • Risk Management
  • Herd Book Registry/Management
  • Civil Communications
  • Strategic Planning
  • Conservation Planning

In this course, Charting Your Course: Strategic Planning for Breed Organizations you will learn the importance of a strategic plan, key elements, the strategic planning process including: stages, who to include, the rold a neutral facilitator, as well as operational plans, and measuring success and accountability. Successful organizations plan for their future! This course will challenge you and your organization to tackle the big work of goal identification, long-range planning, plan implemntation and monitoring, and evaluation. This course will help you take your organization to the next level in achieving your mission.

The Livestock Conservancy is America's leading organization working to protect more than 150 heritage breeds, including horses and donkeys, from extinction. Learn more about rare breed equine conservation at LivestockConservancy.org.

The Cultivating Leadership Initiative helps breed associations, clubs, and registries establish and achieve high standards of operation for longevity and continued success. Thriving organizations save more livestock and poultry. The Cultivating Leadership Training Series also aligns with general best practices and is especially beneficial to officers and leaders of breed associations and clubs.



Banner photo of a American Milking Devon bull courtesy of Jeannette Beranger


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The Livestock Conservancy
The Livestock Conservancy


The Livestock Conservancy is America's leading non-profit dedicated to saving rare breed livestock and poultry from extinction.


Course Curriculum



Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.
What is the Cultivating Leadership Initiative?
The Livestock Conservancy launched the Cultivating Leadership Initiative to help breed associations, clubs, and registries establish and achieve high standards of operation for longevity and continued success. Thriving organizations save more livestock and poultry. Components of the Cultivating Leadership Initiative include a Breed Organization Accreditation Program, Breed Organization Training, and Pedigree Registration Services. These programs are available to breed cubs, associations, and registries as optional services. Organizations may adopt whichever building blocks are most needed to address their own situation.

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