The Challenge: The organization needs a top-down look at its management practices.
Solution: The Nonprofit Snapshot micro-assessment. Deliverable will be an organizational report card that highlights the org’s management strengths and deficiencies.
Social Media Shuffling
The Challenge: Your organization may be underusing or mis-using opportunities to tell its story. Branding may be inconsistent. Stakeholder stewardship is critically important during times of turmoil and uncertainty.
Solution: Starting with the org's existing assets (a video or even a blog post), Unstoppable Start Studios will "cut and shuffle" assets to properly and thoroughly schedule the social media effort to thoroughly tell the org's story. Cut and shuffle deliverables will include: 1 blog post, 6 images, 3 quotes, 3 videos, and a shuffling schedule with posts and hashtags.
The Challenge: The organization is hampered by a website that does not facilitate communications, may deliver inaccurate information, or simply costs too much in time or financial resources to update.
Solution: Working in cooperation with Allen Farm Studios, we’ll quickly interview key stakeholders and bring the org’s website to current standards that will facilitate communications and improve basic functionality. Your website must already be constructed in WordPress, Drupal, or Joomla.
*A facelift is not a complete website redesign.
Case For Support Draft
The Challenge: Donors are not engaged. Organizational messaging is not presented with uniformity. Stakeholders may not be uniformly aware of organization’s strengths.
Solution: Creating a draft Case For Support document for your org. A one-week engagement, working with internal staff and stakeholders to draft the donor message and an emotionally compelling case that casts a vision for the org and tells donors why they should invest. This does not include layout or design.
Ten Hours of Executive Officer Coaching
The Challenge: Board leadership may have challenges that are not easily overcome. Problems may include communications challenges, difficulty delegating, low motivation, or perhaps an incomplete awareness of executive roles and legal responsibilities. The board itself may be “stuck in a rut.”
Solution: This engagement begins with a Nonprofit Snapshot micro-assessment, and includes up to ten additional hours of time (over ten days) working with an org’s Executive Officers (including the Executive Director) for situation analysis, problem solving, and leadership coaching. Can be used to set a high-level leadership plan for the org moving forward.
Crisis Communications Plan or Kit Development
The Challenge: The organization may be disorganized in disseminating crisis messaging to its stakeholders. This may cause lengthy delays, or the message may be diluted, and erroneous information may be given. Organizations that wait to respond, hesitate or lack visibility of action create uncertainty and anger. This diminishes trust, and may expose the organization to risk.
Solution: A draft Crisis Communications Plan and/or Crisis Communications Kit for any organization. This two-week engagement prepares the org for an emergency or unexpected event. These plans include steps to take when a crisis first emerges, how to communicate with the public, and how to communicate with other, identified stakeholders.
Extended Web Services
The Challenge: Your website needs more than a facelift. New functionality is desired, a reorganizing of online resources must be done, or the org may take the opportunity to rebrand itself.
Fundraising Feasibility Study
The Challenge: Your org may be thinking about a special fundraising campaign. (Not all campaigns are capital campaigns.) You may not have an accurate analysis of the org’s fundraising history, or you may have in incomplete picture of stakeholder engagement. As a result, the org may be unable to set realistic expectations and strategy for conducting a fundraising effort.
Solution: A two-week engagement in preparation for a fundraising campaign. This will include a Nonprofit Snapshot micro-assessment. Steps will include:
- Collect feedback about proposed fundraising plan from the appropriate stakeholders
- Analyze current data to make sure it's solid
- Conduct a market survey or market research to enhance data collection
- Write an organizational or operational plan
- Prepare a projected income statement
- Make a "go" or "no-go" recommendation on proposed campaign
Database Management or Design
The Challenge: The consequences for poor data management and poor use of donor records are dire. Your org may be inadequately tracking what its doing, and won’t be able to monitor or forecast performance. Or worse, you’ll need to reach specific, individual donors, but you won’t know how to contact them.
Solution: Your data is your institutional memory. A good database will help you work more effectively. It can help you:
- Prioritize and segment mailing lists
- Manage and track your prospects
- Steward your current donors
- Identify future donors
- Measure and forecast
- Ask the right person for the right gift at the right time for the right purpose
Working in cooperation with Allen Farm Studios, we will estimate a current project scope for your organization on a case-by-case basis.
Disaster / Continuity of Operations Plan
The Challenge: Organization is unprepared, may lack disaster management plans, or continuity of operations plans are out-of-date. This puts both the organization and its employees at risk. It also may lead to confusion and lack of trust among stakeholders and community partners.
Solution: A two-week engagement to draft a plan that addresses emergencies from an all-hazards approach. The continuity of operations plan establishes policy and guidance ensuring that critical functions will continue and that personnel and resources are relocated to an alternate setting in case of emergencies. The plan will include procedures for:
- Alerting, notifying, activating and deploying employees
- Identify critical business functions
- Establishing an alternate facility
- Roster personnel with authority and knowledge of critical functions
A continuity of operations plan may not automatically include a complete crisis-communications plan.
Post-Pandemic Strategic Planning
The Challenge: How does the organization move forward from here? What are the available, viable options? How can we make effective plans during a time that is filled with uncertainty? Let’s prepare for the changing tide, right the ship, and make ready to sail again.
Solution: This three-week engagement begins with a Nonprofit Snapshot micro-assessment. Together, we’ll analyze the current situation and document a plan to navigate an organization through the unfolding stages of pandemic.