Results: Neighborhood Economic Development Corporation

Project development challenge: As long time Executive Director prepares to retire and before new Executive Director hired, assist the NEDCO Board in evaluating the potential of several potential program opportunities related to business lending, residential lending and downtown revitalization. Additionally, assess organizational readiness to proceed. Recommendations regarding program development and board development have been implemented. NEDCO has won numerous recent awards for its revitalized programming and innovative approaches to community development.

Business planning and capacity building challenge: With a new Executive Director, new location and new Board members, NEDCO attracted many new programming opportunities. Its leaders wanted to build upon the best of its past and change as needed to prioritize and focus its resources.  Write to Know designed and facilitated a board planning retreat, a staff planning/team building retreat, and several short follow up sessions leading to:

  • strong shared understanding of the organization’s history, assets and guiding values
  • an operating plan to address key strategic questions and opportunities in the context of mission and financial sustainability considerations
  • progress indicators
  • clear board and staff roles

Results:

“Kathi is an exceptional non-profit consultant. She has the rare ability to provide strategic planning services, business modeling and exceptional facilitation services-all delivered in a professional and easy to understand format. Her prior experience as a nonprofit Executive Director allows Kathi to share real world insights as she facilitates strategic thinking exercises. She is a creative facilitator which makes her very desirable to use over and over. Because she has worked with NEDCO on several projects over time, she is able to connect consistently with the community and board members to improve the overall effectiveness and outcomes of our work together. Did I mention that she is also a lot of fun? Her approach to her work is very enjoyable for all who work with her. I highly recommend Kathi and Write to Know.”

– Claire Seguin, NEDCO Executive Director