• Strong nonprofits are able to sustain and grow their work by demonstrating value through effective performance and positive community impact.
  • Creating a strong nonprofit requires effective strategy, leadership, teamwork, and systems.
  • At CHS we use a proven support model to help nonprofits innovate for excellence.
  • Learn more about our supports below, and contact us to discuss the possibilities.

A logical first step is to assess the organization’s readiness to accomplish the mission in the current and emerging environment.  We can help you:

  1. Scan the strategic environment
  2. Assess internal capabilities
  3. Identify strategic opportunities and threats
  4. Consider strategic readiness under various future scenarios
  5. Decide priorities for improving strategic readiness.

The next step is to define goals and strategies for the organization based on the assessment of strategic readiness. CHS can help you:

  1. Clarify the mission of the organization
  2. Define the customers to be served by the organization
  3. Develop a clear value proposition for key customer segments
  4. Define performance goals for the organization
  5. Create a plan for building capacity, achieving performance goals, and creating community impact.

Once a strategy is designed the next step is to develop organizational capacity for execution. CHS can help you:

  1. Assess organizational learning needs
  2. Design organizational learning supports
  3. Develop customized content and learning tools
  4. Implement learning supports including virtual training, tutorials, coaching, and technical assistance.
  5.  Evaluate the impact of organizational learning.

A partial list of organizational learning topics includes:

  • Strategy development
  • Design thinking
  • Leadership development
  • Team development
  • Program design
  • Program evaluation
  • Quality improvement
  • Workflow improvement
  • Key performance indicators
  • Strategic evaluation.

Once the strategy is defined, execution is everything. CHS can help you:

  1. Assure that staff are equipped for execution
  2. Assure that key resources are becoming available
  3. Assure that key strategies are being executed
  4. Assess whether key outputs, outcomes and impacts are being achieved
  5. Make strategic adjustments based on feedback and evaluation.

In today’s funding environment it is essential to demonstrate effective management and community impact in order to sustain the organization.  CHS can help you:

  1. Identify key audiences for performance reporting
  2. Define key indicators of effective management
  3. Define key indicators of positive community impact delivered by the organization
  4. Develop systematic methods and tools for producing key indicators
  5. Develop reports that are strategically designed to demonstrate value to key audiences.

The Innovation Imperative. Today’s nonprofits operate in an landscape of rapid change and shifting expectations from funders, partners, and other key stakeholders. In this environment the ability to innovate is imperative for sustaining funding and meeting the mission.

What is an innovative organization?  Innovative organizations are able to rapidly adapt and improve their approaches to assure they are delivering value in a changing landscape.  Three focal points for innovative organizations include process innovation, service model innovation, and business model innovation.

How can we build and sustain an innovative organizations? There are five core capabilities of innovative organizations as illustrated in the graphic.

  • 1. Adaptive strategy to chart a course for innovation.
  • 2. Positive leadership to create a culture of innovation.
  • 3. Supportive management to equip people for innovation.
  • 4. Creative teamwork to produce innovation.
  • 5. An innovative mindset to see, think, and take action for innovation.

At CHS we help nonprofits develop these core capabilities through our focused process of assessment, design, development, execution, and evaluation. We can deliver these supports through strategic consultations, strategic learning programs, or both.

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