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OUR APPROACH

A free thirty minute consultation begins our work with you. We listen to your organization’s unique needs and aspirations. We want to understand your challenges and design a plan tailored for you.

We believe in a whole system approach. We believe representatives of all stakeholders should be represented in the planning process, including those most commonly ignored. This sets the conditions for system-wide change. With the right tools, patience, and perseverance, you can change the culture of your organization.

We believe in clarity. We will work with you to develop and write clear strategies that produce specific, measurable results. Our work products are written in simple, easy-to-read English.

If we not be able to help you, we will assist you in finding the right resources.

Facilitating and writing strategic plans

Well-designed strategic plans are a proven management strategy for organizational revitalization. They set priorities, focus energy and resources, and strengthen operations.  Good strategic plans ensure employees and other stakeholders work toward common goals with specific outcomes. They help an organization respond to changing environments with finesse.

Strategic planning guides what an organization is, whom it serves, what it does, and why it does it. The focus is on the future. Effective strategic plans identify the actions needed to make progress and methods to gauge success.

Facilitating retreats and summits

Retreats and summits are great opportunities to build energy and create focus.  These events build cohesion and galvanize organizational vision.

Coaching in nonprofit best practices

Mark Smutny has over thirty-five years experience leading effective organizations.  He uses and teaches best practices personnel, fundraising, board development, strategic change and advocacy.

Advocacy Training for Nonprofits

The strongest nonprofits recognize advocacy as an essential part of their mission.  They advocate policies to address the issues they work on each day.  Additionally, nonprofits who engage in advocacy generate support and funding for their mission and organization.  People who receive your services and those who work with them can be some of your most effective advocates.  We can help you design an advocacy program and train your people to make it successful.

Facilitating respectful dialogue on divisive issues.

Facilitating gracious dialogue in troubled, polarized times requires emotional intelligence and a carefully crafted design. No matter the issue, facilitating respectful conversations is an art and skill. Mark Smutny will partner with you to design and facilitate a gracious, respectful dialogue on issues that matter to you and your community.