Stronger organizations. Better investments. Increased impact.
COLLEAGUES AND CLIENTS
We work with leaders combining enterprise with social services or social change, and with grantmakers working to increase equity and economic opportunity.
We come in when you need to launch a program, raise more money, or evaluate program strategy and impact.
We’re about belief and alignment, inclusion and equity, structure and improvisation in service of making a real difference on problems that matter. We encourage choices to increase equity and sustainability. We don't shy away from communicating the tough stuff with executives, boards of directors, staff, or donors. We build on decades of experience in nonprofit organizations and philanthropy plus the assets of your organization and community. We are going for meaningful change.
Service Year Alliance
Mississippi Delta Council
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Program Design * Evaluation
Program Development * Grants * Major Gifts * Development Audit * Feasibility Studies
Learning Events * Curriculum * Board Development
Over the last 10 years, I’ve been developing an informal diagnosis and strategy model for choosing financial turnaround strategies for nonprofits and social enterprises. In this working model, I’ve named 12 directional themes and not quite 100 strategy options. To use the model, the first diagnostic question is whether the problems are low-level and chronic[…]
Underneath most fundraising problems is a more fundamental one: a broken business model. In two recent phone conversations, one with a prospective client and the other with a former client, the presenting problem was a fundraising one. How can we raise more money? And fast. We spent some time on the phone exploring causes and[…]
For most nonprofits, only a few streams of funding are possible. People new to fundraising and nonprofit organizations often aren’t aware of all the options for funding. And seasoned leaders wish and hope for a few more. Puzzle Pieces and Moves Government grants and contracts. Client or customer payments, which we call fee-for-service income includes[…]
Last year about this time, I sat in on a webinar for consultants to philanthropy on the topic of social justice in grant making. I made a lot of notes at the time and then just never got around to editing them for a post. Since then, I’ve been working with the team at Invested Impact[…]
Last week, I wrote a bit to encourage new executive directors, especially those following a founder. On Sunday, I read the piece in Sunday’s print Washington Post Arts & Style section on current host of The Daily Show, Trevor Noah (similar but different story by same writer, WaPost online). What jumped out were the observations and[…]
At least a few times a year, I find myself saying that the hardest job in the nonprofit sector is that of the new executive director following the founder. Having been one (with only limited success), having supported some through different consulting engagements, and having worked with founders and executives at every point in the organizational life[…]
When someone invites you to serve on the board of directors of a nonprofit, you can assume that someone thinks you’re a smarty. Someone thinks you are smart enough to pitch in and help grow the organization to have more impact in the world. It probably also means the someone believes you know people you could invite to[…]
My goal was to start the day by centering the work around impact. From my pre-retreat survey of a community foundation board of directors and conversations with its leadership, I understood them to be facing a pileup of open program and policy issues with no clear path for making decisions. There was an underlying question about whether everyone agrees[…]
Ways We Work
Here are the ways we work with chief execs and organizations. Contact us about your interests.
Advice and action steps
- Thought partner sessions
- Quick fix calls
- Workshops and learning events
Results and Growth
- Program design
- Grant writing
- Impact evaluation
- • Targeted engagements
- • Improves performance in one area
Impact and Systems Change
- Program strategy and launch
- Collaborative & network facilitation
- Impact investment
- • Multi-year, multidimensional support
- • Strengthens whole organization
Service and Memberships
- Mentor Capital Network
- Echoing Green
- National Network for Consultants to Grantmakers
- Alliance for Nonprofit Management
- National Good Food Network
- Center for Social Value Creation (UMD Smith School of Business)