Not-For-Profit Organizations

Strategy In Progress provides strategic planning, organization design and strategic facilitation services to substantive not-for-profit organizations. Distinctive from private businesses, Not-for-profit organizations often must address various dynamic factors in determining how to remain a viable service provider to its targeted audience. These factors include:

• Mission focus or mission creep

• Funding stream uncertainty and Fund development

• Role/Responsibility of Board

• Engagement/Lack thereof of Board and volunteer base

• Dynamic relationship between Senior Executive and the Board

• Extent of partnering with other Not for Profit organizations

• Community awareness/Messaging

• Attracting/retaining talent

At Strategy In Progress we have assisted many not-for-profit organizations who have dealt with some or all of the above dynamic factors facing not-for-profit organizations. An important first step in any successful strategic thinking engagement is to meet with both senior staff and Board leadership to define the planning need and develop a process that engages both Board and staff, as needed, to address the strategic issues facing the organization.

Below is a general list of the types of not-for-profit organizations to whom Strategy In Progress has provided strategic services.

• Regional convention and visitor’s bureau covering a four-county two-state area

• Bi-state economic development sales and marketing organization

• A large eastern Iowa county

• Joint planning initiative of three local chambers and bi-state economic development organization

• Eastern Iowa based social service organization for adolescent children and families with a for-profit entity

• Regional blood centers headquartered in eastern Iowa and in northwestern Illinois.

• An eastern Iowa continuing care retirement community

• Eastern Iowa community affordable housing initiative

• New regional business incubator center

• A large eastern Iowa county-wide ambulance service

• Local chambers of commerce

• Eastern Iowa area aging social services agency

• Western Illinois based social service facility for at-risk youth

• Regional community health care clinic

• Community Foundations

• The following amenity-based organizations:

o Regional heritage museum

o Regional botanical center

o Family museum o Community library

o Cultural arts center

o Regional symphony orchestra