During our 15+ years of experience in the nonprofit world, we have learned that when we struggle, it usually comes down to a lack or misalignment of strategy. Therefore, we start each client relationship with strategy development. This may be a multi-year organization-wide strategy or focused on a smaller project, but the important thing is that we understand the whos, whats, wheres, whys, and hows of what we are doing and what we want to achieve. That strategy will come with a plan, which you can choose to have us implement or do so internally. We have helped clients put together short-term and long-term strategies for fundraising, events/campaigns, volunteer management, program evaluation, staffing, and setting up a nonprofit.
We know, we know – you didn’t get into mission-based work so you could spend your career dealing with business nonsense like strategic plans, boards of directors, or budgeting. But in order to sustain the programs, these things are essential. Instead of ignoring them or fighting them, let us help you work with them in order to realize your mission in the world.
When we work on a strategy with an organization, we try to achieve:
- Cohesion between the organizational, programmatic, and fundraising priorities
- Impact-focused programmatic structure
- Realistic expectations for the organization’s staffing and resources
- Systems that support effective stakeholder communication and cultivation
Each strategy and strategic process will vary from organization to organization. Do Better will base our proposal on what we learn in our discovery process.