Strategic Planning – According to the National Council of Nonprofits, “a strategic planning process identifies strategies that will best enable a nonprofit to advance its mission. Ideally, as staff and board engage in the process, they become committed to measurable goals, approve priorities for implementation, and also commit to revisiting the organization’s strategies on an ongoing basis as the organization’s internal and external environments change.”
Strategic planning is critical to nonprofit organizations. Our team can help you define your scope of activity, create actionable items to meet the organization’s stated purpose and provide clarity to the daily routine of staff and volunteers.
Board Training – Perhaps the most important part of a nonprofit is its governance.
How the board of directors of a nonprofit work together is a clear indicator of the health of the organization. Nonprofits make every effort to select the best candidates for their boards. The effectiveness of a board of directors lies in how well they work together, how well they understand their purpose, and how well the board synergizes. New board members may believe they know the organization well, but must have an orientation or training session to learn more about the governing of the nonprofit and to understand the good, the bad, and the ugly of the organization.
Trust, synergy, and confidence are essential elements of high-performing nonprofit boards. Board members should bring skills, expertise and professionalism to the table and expect to work both outside board meetings promoting the nonprofit, doing committee work, as well as conduct fruitful and legal board meetings, membership meetings, and committee meetings. Board dynamics and good chemistry between board directors also go a long way toward developing an effective board of directors. How do you get there?
Our team can provide training and support in:
- Strategic planning;
- How to get the most out of a meeting;
- Creating and managing agenda items;
- Minutes of meetings;
- Parliamentary procedures;
- Money and budgets (or can we make a profit in a nonprofit?);
- Federal tax law basics;
- Constitution, bylaws, and policies;
- Values, mission, goals, and objectives;
- Evidence of success; and
- Other board items tailored to your needs.
Grants and Program Evaluation
Our team has expertise in writing and evaluating grants. Your team needs money to conduct business and support its purpose. From research on grants to assessing your readiness, our team can help you put together successful grant strategies, grant proposals, evaluation criteria, and organizational credibility. Our team can provide onsite training for upper staff on how to implement grant strategies and meet identified objectives required by grantors.