• Health Foundations are vital partners in developing strong nonprofits and creating healthier communities.
  • Beyond their role as funders, foundations create positive impact as information sources, catalysts, connectors, conveners, capacity builders, and evaluators.
  • At CHS we provide a proven set of strategy supports to help foundations accomplish their goals for community impact.
  • We invite you to scan our support menu below, and also download our one-page service summary.

Download our Quick Guide to Strategy Supports for Health Foundations

  • The first step for creating community strategies that work is to engage the right stakeholders in the process.
  • Depending on the project, the right stakeholders might include team members, board members, community members, service partners, funders, or other people from outside the organization.
  • We work closely with our clients to identify the key people who need to be involved in the project, and engage them in productive ways.

Community strategy should ideally be informed by timely intelligence on community needs and assets.  CHS can help you:

  • Define the focus for community needs assessment (e.g. geography, populations, services to be included)
  • Develop quantitative indicators of community health and well-being (e.g. demographics, health indicators, social indicators, economic indicators)
  • Generate qualitative insights about community needs and assets (e.g. vulnerable populations, service needs, service capacity, service gaps, assets and gaps in the built and natural environment.)
  • Analyze community impacts of public policy shifts
  • Present assessment results in efficient reports and other communication channels
  • Apply assessment results to inform community investment strategies

The results of the community assessment can be used to inform development of strategies for engaging and supporting community organizations.  CHS can help you:

  • Identify areas of community need
  • Identify potential grantee organizations
  • Design responsive strategies for grantmaking and other types of community supports
  • Specify intended results and key performance indicators
  • Design grant RFPs that reflect the foundation’s strategic aims
  • Design a monitoring and evaluation strategy for guiding and managing the effort.

Capacity building supports can help grantees develop essential capabilities for accomplishing their performance goals. CHS can help you:

  • Identify capacity gaps
  • Design capacity building strategies
  • Develop responsive resources (research, data analytics, tools, training, technical assistance, coaching)
  • Deliver supports through efficient channels (online resources, virtual meetings, community collaboratives)
  • Document creation of new or improved capabilities

A community collaborative is an effective strategy for engaging multiple community organizations in learning and action to build capacity and accomplish defined goals. CHS can help you:

  • Define the collaborative focus
  • Design the collaborative structure and activities
  • Engage collaborative participants
  • Develop collaborative content (research, data analytics, tools, training, technical assistance, coaching)
  • Facilitate virtual group learning sessions
  • Deliver virtual coaching and technical assistance for individual participants
  • Monitor the progress of collaborative participants
  • Evaluate the impact of the collaborative

Demonstrating community impact is essential for foundations with community missions.  CHS can help Collaborative Members:

  • Identify strategic objectives for evaluation
  • Design an evaluation workplan
  • Develop data collection methods and tools
  • Collect and analyze evaluation data
  • Develop evaluation reports for specific audiences

In today’s funding environment it is essential to define and demonstrate the value of the organization and its programs for key stakeholders including funders, service partners, public officials, and community members.  CHS uses model called ‘community value analysis‘ to help foundations define and demonstrate value in their own local context.  We can help you:

  1. Define your objectives for demonstrating value to key stakeholders
  2. Identify specific audiences who should know about the value of your organization or program
  3. Create the value messages (what you want them to know) for each audience segment
  4. Develop value indicators (quantitative and qualitative indicators) to support the value messages
  5. Design a communication plan for each audience segment
  6. Execute the communication plan for positive results

Click here to download a more detailed strategy checklist for demonstrating community value. 

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