Create Your Sustainability Plan For Longevity, Profitability and Visibility

Branding work done for Connect Palmer, Alaska.
“What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal.”
— Albert Pike

nonprofits are unique in so many ways…

… And with 10+ years of working with, and in the nonprofit world, while simultaneously running a national digital marketing agency, nonprofits have become one of my favorite organizations to work with.

History + Philosophy

I was raised by a single mother in Alaska, who founded and ran a nonprofit with resources and training for other single parents. 20 years later, I was the Marketing Director for a nonprofit in Hawai’i with a million dollar budget. I now sit on the boards of multiple nonprofits.

My philosophy on running effective nonprofits is to treat them as you would a business. You started because you have a passion and are making the world a better place. You can reach higher potential by adapting business principles when it comes to cash flow, marketing and sustainability.

option #1: Working With Me In A coaching Capacity

There are more than 1.5 million registered nonprofits in the United States. Not only do you have to find a way to stand out, but to raise money and donations based on the feeling your donors will get by supporting your cause.

My signature coaching program, The Activation Program, is applicable for both entrepreneurs and nonprofits. We work together for 12 weeks, meeting virtually (unless otherwise agreed upon), to do the following:

  • Evaluate where your organization is at today

  • Create a vision of where you want to be both in short-term and long-term

  • Set actionable goals, both short-term and long-term

  • Create a marketing action plan

  • Identify market opportunities for growth

  • Create a social media plan (and train you to execute!)

  • Discuss operations, scaling, profitability and all the things!

  • Train on value differentiation

  • Create a brand guide

  • Identify and eliminate roadblocks

  • Audit your ongoing work as you start moving forward

  • and much more.... !

In the Activation Program, I will meet you where you are at. We will create an actionable plan based on your goals, and I will hold you accountable on implementation. I'll bring my experience, my contacts and my tools to the table, and we move you forward.  

option #2: Sustainability planning

Sustainability Planning is one of the most vital parts of the success of a nonprofit in the long term, but often also the most overlooked.

A sustainability plan consists of not only a marketing plan, but details on board selection, operations planning and finding a signature campaign or program to help generate revenue.

We will provide both planning, training and coaching through implementation over 8 months. Deliverables are broken down by focus below:

Vision + Focus: The overall vision, focus and goals for the organization will be evaluated, organized and put together in succinct messaging for multiple audiences. This will be delivered by the following:

  • Consulting on vision and messaging

  • Business plan

  • Marketing + communications plan

Financial: Nonprofits face a unique set of struggles when it comes to funding.

  • Signature revenue generating program and/or campaign

  • Evaluation of sources of unrestricted funds

  • Marketing plan matched with goals of receiving unrestricted funds as well as restricted funding

  • Establish board finance committee

  • Internal controls and audit plans built into operations plan

  • Fund development plan

Operations: Day to day operations must support the overall mission and vision as well as make sure services are being delivered and communication established through stakeholders.

  • Consulting on program feasibility, program opportunity and operational efficiency - Operating Plan

Staffing + Board Structure: Without people, no organization can prosper. In order to best utilize people and their strengths, the following will be created:
Written succession plan for staff leaders and board members
Board recruitment matrix

  • An articulated values based process for hiring, firing, and evaluating every staff member

  • Job descriptions for all staff and board

Partnership + Networking: Creating strategic partnerships within the community can not only support and exponentially magnify marketing efforts, but create brand awareness, provide critical education to the public and assist in procuring other funding.

  • Consulting on strategic relationships

  • Advanced training on networking, follow up and systematized relationship nurturing

How Does It Work?

We work with nonprofits by setting up a 1 week in person intensive at your location and working through what it will take for your nonprofit to be sustainable in the long term.

After we can help with marketing training, with social media and email campaigns, event promotions and success tracking. 6 months of coaching are included where we support you with bi-weekly strategy calls.