Month: April 2015

Program Design for Social Impact

In my decade of working in nonprofit organizations and 7 years as an independent consultant, I have seen the difficulty most organizations have with actually achieving their mission. Obstacles such as staff members stretched to the limit, funders who don’t invest in capacity-building, and the often-crushing load of administrative tasks overshadow the creativity and good intentions of many nonprofit leaders, resulting in stagnation and burn-out. As a consultant, I offer a number of unique services to help you overcome these obstacles. I blend familiar nonprofit capacity-building tools such as fundraising, grant writing, program development, communications/marketing, strategic planning and evaluation into a customized approach that actually makes things happen.

What is Program Design?

Well-designed programs are the foundational building blocks that dictate whether a nonprofit will be successful in its work. All funders evaluate your proposals on the design of the program, whether or not they use this term. All plans created by nonprofits – strategic plans, communication plans, evaluation plans, fundraising plans – contain components of program design and cannot be successful without it. The programs I design take your specific goals, circumstances, and vision and match them with available funding, partnerships, and best practices in your field for successful, concrete plans of action. My design approach creatively combines and integrates all of the essential services needed to move good ideas forward. I bring this approach to all of my work, customizing a package to meet your organization’s needs.