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 the planning processes. 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 just some personal coaching for organizational leadership, the organizations below are just a few that have taken advantage of our approach to connecting vision with strategy to better meet the diverse needs of organizations and communities:
Feeding America (fall 2017)
SC Community Loan Fund (winter 2017)
Rockingham County Partnership for Children (spring 2018)
SC Office of Rural Health (spring 2018)
Bunnelle Foundation (winter 2018)
Solving Complex Problems
Twenty-seven percent of South Carolina’s population lives in a rural part of the state. Yet, the state’s strategy for serving rural 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 South Carolina Rural Health Action Plan (RHAP) that was released in November 2017. The 1000 Feathers team helped to assemble a working group of more than 50 experts from across the state, facilitated monthly convening of the group, designed and oversaw all communications and marketing of the Plan, including layout of printed documents, and now serve in an ongoing consultation role as the plan is rolled out across the state.
Despite decreases over the past 20 years, Texas still has the 4th highest teen birth rate in the country. McLennan County is one area of the state not keeping up with decreases in teen birth rates at the national and state level. Recent efforts in Waco have lead to an increased, collective focus on issues of health, education, and financial stability. As part of these efforts, The Waco Foundation engaged 1000 Feathers to conduct a community-wide assessment and produce an in-depth report on teen pregnancy in the county, complete with recommendations to guide a coordinated community effort to reduce teen pregnancy and connect to these other interest areas. Our ongoing role with Waco Foundation is focused on translating the findings of the report into action and designing meaningful next steps.
Project Management and Evaluation
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. The 1000 Feathers team managed all logistics and promotions for the event, including securing sponsors, developing marketing materials, onsite logistics, and overall project management. 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 won the challenge and took home a $5,000 cash prize. To see their winning idea, view the live stream from Midlands Anchor.