Does your organization have a plan for the development of new programs? Is the program you’re considering part of the strategic plan or driven by a grant opportunity? Is the new program meant to be long-term? Will it address a current need in your community? What will the funding look like during the first several years?
The development of new programs with Schue Consulting begins with key questions. Collaborative program development work includes a full range of goals, objectives, activities, timelines, and funding. Through the model of community needs assessments, stakeholders and interested supporters are identified.
Is your work aligned with your mission? Do you have a vision for your organization that drives you toward excellence? Is your Strategic Plan current, and do you utilize it in your everyday operations?
Sessions on mission and strategic planning will be strengths-based, and they will include visual and organizational documents. Planning will be inclusive and begin with the identification of underlying assumptions for the group. The final document will include plans for follow-up allowing the work to continue after the planning sessions end.
Does your organization have a strategy for communications? Is the Communications Plan being implemented as written, with consistency and attention to audience? Consistent, high quality communications are the expectation in today's world. Being clear about your message, sharing your stories, and using the narrative as a tool for your work are essential to an organization’s ability to keep up with the community in which we live.
In Schue Consulting communications work essential content, excellent grammar, utilization of marketing concepts, and more go into each communication. Annual or semi-annual letters to constituents/clients, social media postings, newsletters, website updates, and press releases are considered communications.
Networking is a thing of the now. Busy volunteer Boards with full-time jobs may not have much time to network with individuals and organizations that may want to partner or support important work. Relationship building, bringing people together, is increasingly effective for fundraising in our highly technological and often impersonal business world. It can be the only difference between organizations doing current good work and those doing current and future good work.
Please see the sections on Grant Management page for specifics on services and experience working in the grant/foundation world.