WORKSHEET: Develop Your Nonprofit’s Theory Of Change

Learn how to connect your nonprofit work to its bigger goal—changing the world.



Does your nonprofit have a theory of change document? It should! A written nonprofit theory of change will give you and your stakeholders—including your donors and staff—a deeper understanding of the problem you’re trying to solve and the steps you need to take to realize your vision of the world. Download this free worksheet from Nesta’s Development Impact & You Toolkit to develop your nonprofit’s theory of change.

Key Takeaways

This free worksheet will help your nonprofit develop its theory of change. In this worksheet, you’ll find:

  • Key terms and definitions
  • 11 important questions you need to ask to develop a solid theory of change
  • A chart you can fill out with your team


This is a two-page worksheet. We recommend setting aside 2-3 hours to complete this exercise with your executive team and/or board of directors.

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