Capacity building for a nonprofit client

The Brief

Wachs Strategies was retained by a volunteer board that had founded a new organization and recognized that they would be limited in what they could achieve with their reliance on volunteers. The board consisted of experts in their field, and their vision for change was clear. What had become evident to them was that they could not pursue significant changes that could shift an industry without an increased focus on engagement, growth, and strategic partnerships. They engaged our team to help them design and implement their plan towards a more sustainable and impactful organization.

Our Approach

Wachs Strategies came on to support this fledgling nonprofit, and we began with an assessment of the goals, relationships, and early wins of they had to build on. Then, we worked with the board to begin to lay out a more ambitious plan for the future, so funders could understand what kind of significant change would be possible. We helped the board secure the necessary multi-year donations they wanted to then hire key staff members.

Throughout this process, we also worked with the organization to build out their network of potential strategic partners and stakeholders. This was a critical step in establishing the organization’s credibility, which also helped it secure funding. 

Value Delivered

Wachs Strategies helped this organization move from a small entity with good intentions to a strategic asset to its field, with a leadership that’s called upon regularly by the biggest influencers in its field to advise on policies, discuss potential avenues for system change, and pursue new opportunities to advance the field.

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