Nonprofit Organizations Have Unique Challenges
Board Development and Planning.
Those continue to be the two primary concerns of most nonprofits with whom we work. Many operate without a long-term strategic plan to guide their decisions, focusing most of their energies on tactical problem-solving, event fund raising, and annual budget planning.
While these are important, not having a road map of where the organization is going is even more so. Otherwise, the organization may function in a daily state of crisis management, putting out fires and dealing with the next major fund raising effort. Under these circumstances, the board can't do its job of guiding the organization, since there is no consensus as to what the future destination should be.
We help nonprofit organizations bring clarity to their thinking, map out long term strategic and yearly operational plans, and facilitate board member accountability and actions that help the organization achieve its future desired outcomes.
Through a variety of facilitated one-day and two-day sessions that include pre-assigned work designed, we help non-profit leaders get their board and leadership team thinking and focusing on a strategic level.
Quarterly check-ins with the Executive Director or CEO help to ensure the organization is continuing to use the tools they've learned, and if necessary, we'll suggest booster shots to get everyone re-focused on the future desired state.
Strategic Tools include:
Client Case Study
Non-profit wanted increased board engagement in fundraising.
Many board members were not showing up for meetings and not using their connections to ask for funds. We took the board through a 1-day facilitated workout to identify blockages and ways to overcome them.
Several methods were identified that played to the strengths of each board member, helping to gain their ongoing commitment to fund-raising. Board members who rarely showed for meetings were re-engaged with renewed enthusiasm, and several immediately contacted their influential connections in support of the organization.