Organizational Effectiveness

Organizations, from foundations to nonprofits and public agencies, are effective when they are responsive to their communities’ needs and develop the capacity to achieve their goals, learn and continuously improve to advance equity and social justice.

Our Approach

Effective organizations strengthen their leadership, develop powerful strategies, apply an equity lens to their work, and evaluate, learn, and improve their strategies and efforts. We treat every organization as a living system and work to integrate inclusive and equitable practices into every part because they are interconnected. We also know that organizations are made up of people, and their relationships with one another—and expectations of each other—are foundational. As part of our approach, we assess the state of these relationships and expectations and help organizations develop solutions that will lead to a more inclusive and equitable environment. We also recognize that every organization is part of an ecosystem—a complex web of organizations that interact with one another, affecting the communities and constituencies they serve individually and collectively. Our methodology to building effective organizations examines this ecosystem to ensure that the organization develops strategies that are aligned and integrated with its environment.

How We Can Help

Our team of experts in strategic planning, equity strategy development & implementation, and data & evaluation capacity building are available and capable of providing nonprofit, public, philanthropic, and private organizations the following:

  • Design and facilitate a strategy development process that centers equity and social justice

  • Assess the organization’s current state of diversity, inclusion, and equity, and facilitate the development of an equity plan that also connects to the organization’s overall mission and strategy

  • Design and implement a curriculum to build the organization’s leadership and staff capacity to incorporate an equity lens to their policies, operations, and management structure
  • Build and strengthen the organization’s continuous learning and strategy improvement system
  • Evaluate and strengthen the organization’s leadership development program
  • Coach the organization’s executive leadership to implement and practice inclusive and equitable principles
Let’s do some good work together.
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