Success depends on holding a vision for the future and creating a plan that moves you ever closer to that ideal scene. At LCG, we help you lay out a vision that inspires and challenges your staff, volunteers and board members to contribute all they can toward realizing that desired future.
LCG consultants distinctly blend our experience in both the nonprofit and corporate environments to support organizational development and growth. This allows us to leverage our expertise in a variety of areas to help identify areas of needed improvement and organizational strength.
Where vision requires imagination, planning demands practicality. As our clients can attest, LCG specializes in common sense combined with customized strategies for reaching your goals. Our approach comes through in developing strategic plans that provide realistic roadmaps that guide you toward your vision and business plans. We create our plans through consensus building techniques designed to ensure your priorities are appropriate and that actions can be carried out. Our plans include implementation activities, along with financial requirements, timelines with milestones that keep you on track, and accountability measures to allow you to assess your progress.
Strategic Alliances & Restructuring
Unlike the corporate world, where such changes are common, nonprofit mergers are relatively rare. One reason is that corporations have the luxury of offering financial incentives to help overcome emotional resistance; an avenue typically closed to nonprofits. No one gets rich when nonprofits merge. Without such tools, negotiating and managing a nonprofit consolidation of any kind requires greater finesse and expertise at understanding the obvious and subtle impacts. Hiring an outside consultant with that expertise is imperative, and the earlier you do so, the less disruptive the process can be.
Advisory & Management Services
The best-run nonprofits operate in much the same way as the best-run corporations. There may be no shareholders to appease, but there are stakeholders—donors, employees, customers, communities, and regulatory agencies—that require you to operate at the highest level of professionalism.
As consulting professionals with decades of combined experience in the corporate and nonprofit sectors, we deliver training, consulting and coaching that increases operational efficiency and proficiency.
Audits & Assessments
Our systems-based approach to a development audit provides an excellent tool for evaluating your fundraising program against evidence-based practices. This capacity-building audit provides an accurate and detailed assessment of your operational strengths and weaknesses along with clear recommendations on how to strengthen your operations to enhance your fundraising results.
Instead of vague ideas or generalizations, our audit targets critical areas that enable you to understand issues and identify solutions. Equally important, our audit process gives you clarity on what's working and why, allowing you to reinforce your strengths.
In today's dynamic environment, it is not only healthy but also critical for boards and senior management to periodically test assumptions, reorganize priorities, evaluate core competencies, and develop or enhance their strategic plans. This is often most effective when accomplished outside of a regular board meeting in a retreat environment where board members and management can focus on the strategic challenges and opportunities of the organization.
Seminars & Trainings
Confirming that you have staff, board members, and volunteers willing to raise funds is an important first step. The next is to support their enthusiasm with the tools and training they need or want to be successful fundraisers. At LCG, we transform willingness into effectiveness through proven training systems tailored to match the needs of each group. We also deliver individualized training to institutional leadership and board members, the people you're counting on to lead solicitation efforts.
LCG has led a wide variety of workshops, trainings and seminars.
Executive Search & Onboarding
Hiring a CEO is arguably the board's most important responsibility. The benefits of strong leadership and the costs of ineffective leadership are clear. LCG's team can help your organization assess what kind of leader it needs and help you find that leader.
But our approach goes one step further.
We will work with the board to create an entry plan for the new leader and ensure that training and coaching are in place to position that leader for long-term success.
Let's Work Together
Vision alone is not enough to create a future. It takes a practical plan with clearly defined activities and achievable objectives. Our common sense approach helps you realistically examine your vision and assess your capacity for bringing your goals to fruition. Since growth requires that you expand your circle of influence, we incorporate marketing and communications planning and actions in strategic development. Where capacity is lacking, we help you look into the benefits of restructuring or developing strategic alliances that can amplify your capabilities.