Connecting Vision with Strategy

Organizations from across the country, both large and small, have turned to 1000 Feathers to help them be more innovative and visionary, think more strategically, prepare for the future, ensure sustainability, or more fully engage stakeholders in their organization's plans moving forward. Our approach centers on asking the right questions of the right people and using the collected data to inform future action, because “if you’re not using data to make decisions, you’re just guessing.” 

Whether the ask is for a new strategic plan, a facilitated board retreat, a strategy session with board and staff, or personal coaching for organizational leadership, the organizations below are just a few that have taken advantage of our approach to connecting vision with strategy in order to better meet the diverse needs of organizations and communities: 

ACOG - Arkansas Section (training and coaching - spring 2018)

Feeding America (sustainability training - fall 2017)

Frances P. Bunnelle Foundation (board retreat - winter 2018)

Rockingham County Partnership for Children (strategic plan - spring 2018)

SC Community Loan Fund (board retreat - winter 2017; communications work - 2018)

SC Office of Rural Health (board retreat and organizational consultation - 2018)

Solving Complex Problems

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Twenty-seven percent of South Carolina’s population live in rural areas, yet, the state strategy for serving these communities hadn’t been updated in more than 10 years. In partnership with the South Carolina Office of Rural Health, our team facilitated the development of a new Rural Health Action Plan (RHAP) for the state of South Carolina that was released in November 2017. We were engaged to facilitate all convening of key stakeholders, communications including layout of printed documents, and overall consultation regarding the RHAP development. 

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A 2013 study revealed that Charlotte-Mecklenburg, NC ranked 50th out of 50 in economic mobility among the largest US cities. The same study identified family structure as THE most predictive correlate of economic mobility in communities. Our firm was engaged by a collection of funders in the area to conduct a comprehensive community health assessment (in a community with more than 1,000,000 residents) designed to identify a feasible approach to reducing unintended pregnancy in Mecklenburg County. Our work and final report will inform the work of the Leading on Opportunity project moving forward on this critical topic.

Education, Access, Collaboration Report


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Working in collaboration with our friend and colleague, Tom Klaus (Tenacious Change), we prepared and delivered training and consultation to the senior management and leadership of a large non-profit (budget of $80+ million) in San Luis Obispo, CA. What started as a discussion of “strategic contingency scenario planning” morphed into larger work with senior management on managing disruptions and change. Click here to learn more about the strategic contingency scenario planning work and how it can be beneficial to your organization.

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For more than a year, our firm has been working with the Waco Foundation in Waco, TX to first conduct an in-depth assessment on the issue of teen pregnancy in McLennan County, and now to help local organizations develop action plans based on the information in the report. Efforts are being coordinated with the Foundation, the local United Way, and with Prosper Waco – a collective impact organization in the community. A downloadable summary of our initial report to the community is available.

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Project Management and Evaluation

SoutH Carolina

In the fall of 2017, we partnered with Venture Carolina and VentureSouth to host Taking the Non Out of Nonprofit, a one-day conference for nonprofit executives, board members, and development directors. In addition to bridging the divide between nonprofits and entrepreneurship, the conference featured the Bank of America Innovation Challenge for nonprofits with profitable ideas. Epworth Children's Home was the winner of the $5,000 prize. To see their winning idea, view the live stream from Midlands Anchor.

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oklahoma city

Since early 2018, our firm has been working with Thrive, OKC and members of their community collaborative to develop a set of shared measures to guide their collective impact strategy. Interviews with key stakeholders, facilitated conversations with partners, and a series of work group meetings have all informed the process. Learn more about Thrive here – and check back soon for the public release of the collaborative’s shared measures.

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Designing Communications Campaigns

In our experience, organizations often struggle with telling their story in a meaningful way. Whether it be a statewide nonprofit or a growing company, our team has worked with organizations large and small to craft messages and design communications campaigns that resonate best with the intended audience(s). We have been called on to analyze an organization's digital footprint; write, edit, and design marketing materials and annual reports; assist with conference logistics; develop expansion strategies; and conduct media and public relations trainings. Below are a sampling of the clients we have worked alongside:

Momentum Bike Clubs (marketing collateral - summer 2019)

National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable (graphic design, writing, editing of national publication - fall 2018)

GCAPP (graphic design, storytelling - 2017)

Girlology (digital footprint review, expansion strategies, donor engagement - winter/spring 2018)

Marcus Lattimore Foundation (conference logistics - summer/fall 2018)

SC Community Loan Fund (conference logistics, media tour, media training - summer/fall 2018)

SC Thrive (digital footprint review, annual report, media training - 2018)

Together SC (marketing materials - 2017)

VentureSouth (PR Basics training - summer 2018)