Metrics enforce the powerful effect RTA’s use of the arts has on reducing recidivism and helping inmates make better life choices. This follow-on strategic planning brainstorming session focused on prioritizing RTA’s expansion goals and optimizing its newfound resources.
Futures & Options guides and empowers NYC’s underserved youth to explore careers, further their education and become productive citizens of the community. Volunteers brainstormed ideas for optimizing organizational structure.
St. Christopher’s is an innovative adolescent development organization providing residential and clinical services to children with special needs and their families. Volunteers developed a strategic plan for development efforts.
Sharsheret provides support and counseling to individuals and families through all phases of the the breast cancer experience. Because of significant growth in the organization, they needed to recruit a board that matched their new financial and operational situation. Volunteers provided ideas for recruiting the new board.
The Josephine Herrick Project, founded in 1946 by a world-renowned photographer, seeks to transform the lives of individuals facing significant social and economic disadvantage through its free photography programs. Alumni were asked to brainstorm ways of building a stronger board to raise funds to accelerate Herrick’s growth. Alumni presented the client with many novel fund raising ideas and advised them to rewrite the mission statement to attract those funders.
Getting Out and Staying Out focuses on reducing recidivism for young offenders through a variety of re-entry programs, including education, employment, and emotional well-being. Volunteers developed strategies for program expansion and infrastructure development.
The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease, through research, education and advocacy. The team of volunteers helped redesign and upgrade ALA’s Metro NY Leadership Board.
The English-Speaking Union of the United States’ English in Action program is a language development and acculturation program with a long track record of success working with immigrants. Volunteers explored a strategic idea to expand the program beyond New York City.
Unique People Services is one of NYC’s largest providers of housing, health and support services for low-income and homeless individuals and families challenged with HIV/AIDS, mental health issues, substance usage and developmental disabilities. Volunteers assisted in developing a strategic plan to manage growth, including preparing a financial analysis of its programs and advising on Board development.
Latin American Film Center is a start-up non-profit dedicated to creating a permanent exhibition and research facility in Manhattan to exhibit, collect and study Latin American cinema. Our brainstorming session provided the organization with a suggested roadmap for key decisions, immediate goals, and proof-of-concept targets upon which to build an action plan for future fund-raising and business development.
Interfaith Hospitality Network, through its network of churches, synagogues, and emergency shelter, provides meals to homeless families, along with providing housing, counseling and school and camp programs. Volunteers assisted in developing a strategic plan, including valuating the viability of the congregational shelter model and evaluating its’ financial sustainability.
T’ruah motivates the Jewish community and others to protect and advance human rights in North America, Israel, and the occupied Palestinian territories. Community Partners volunteers advised T’ruah in the marketing of its holiday chocolates and fair trade coffee. The profits of these products fund programs.
The Parkinson’s Foundation makes life better for people with Parkinson’s disease by improving care and advancing research toward a cure. The Community Partners team developed a Management Dashboard to aid the Parkinson’s Foundation in achieving their strategic objectives.
The Buffalo Center for Arts and Technology provides an adult workforce development program and a teen arts program. Volunteers offered recommendations to strengthen their mission statement, board development and fund raising.
Founded in 1999 at the Harvard Club of New York and now the largest urban squash program in the United States, StreetSquash combines academic tutoring, squash instruction, community service, college preparation, leadership development, and mentoring for young people ages 11-24. The Community Partners team helped envision StreetSquash in 2023 and plan the future of StreetSquash’s cutting edge youth programs.
The Jewish Community Center of Mid-Westchester is a nonprofit organization dedicated to enriching the community by providing cultural, social, educational and recreational/fitness programs, human services and Jewish identity-building opportunities to people of all ages, backgrounds, religions, or sexual orientation. The project team helped develop membership categories to further increase engagement with and usage by the community.
Fostering Change for Children adapts the Teach for America model to enhance the child welfare workforce through the specialized selection, training, and support of new front line workers in child welfare. Volunteers helped address how the Board can help drive growth through fundraising and geographic expansion and how to expand Board membership and add members with different skill sets.
HSES is the only NYC public high school with a focus on environmental studies. Volunteers brainstormed about approaches to grow partnerships with appropriate corporations.
Feeding Westchester’s mission is to end hunger in Westchester County. Volunteers provided strategic analysis and recommendations regarding the organization’s food distribution approach.
Midori & Friends is a premier provider of music education in New York City, leading high-quality music programs for Grade PreK-12 students at schools and community organizations within underserved areas of Brooklyn, the Bronx, Manhattan, and Queens. HBS alumni helped Midori & Friends evaluate its performance evaluation framework, providing actionable recommendations to enhance its ability to measure success and drive improvement across its organization.