Whether you are a relatively new organization seeking to complete your first strategic plan, or a more seasoned organization considering a new direction, Strategic Cliff Notes will help you identify and evaluate options. We offer several levels of planning assistance, ranging from 1) simply facilitating planning meetings and/or retreats to help identify key issues and provide the framework necessary for you to complete the planning process internally, or 2) working with you throughout the planning process and producing your strategic plan.
Funding Collaboratives and/or Working Groups: The success or failure of such efforts often depend on initial planning. We assist with developing workplans and structures for new collaborative projects. In addition to supporting initial planning, we are able to provide ongoing project management to carry out the often challenging task of coordinating such entities.
Grantee Inclusion: Many foundations have recognized that including grantees and directly impacted community members in the grantmaking process is a critical aspect of effective grantmaking. Strategic Cliff Notes will help you explore best practices and create a plan for implementation that fits your situation.
Racial Equity: Have you recently decided to incorporate racial equity in your grantmaking portfolio? Have you already been funding racial equity work but now need to reexamine your approach? Strategic Cliff Notes can help you plan how to discuss these issues, both internally and externally, and more importantly, how to structure programs that will address root causes.
Grantwriting: At Strategic Cliff Notes, we understand that grantwriting is not just about success measures and budgets. It is primarily about telling a persuasive story that effectively communicates your vision and core competencies and connects them to a grantmaker’s priorities. We have decades of experience and a proven track record that has generated millions of dollars from funding sources at both the local and national levels.
Annual Report Production: Like grantwriting, creating an annual report is very much like telling a story, and when done properly, it can be an effective tool for both retaining donors and attracting new supporters.
Board and Staff Training: Strategic Cliff Notes can provide training on issues such as
• Developing a Fundraising Plan
• Donor Retention & Communications
• Seeking Major Gifts
Collaboratives and Working Group Management: Foundations are increasingly recognizing the need to collaborate on complex issues in order to strengthen collective impact. Finding the time to manage such efforts can sometimes be difficult for foundation staff members, and the skill sets involved are sometimes different than what foundation staff utilize on a regular basis. In addition, it is often helpful for an independent party to manage the diverse interests of group members. Strategic Cliff Notes is able to meet these needs.
Research Reports and Publications: At Strategic Cliff Notes, we specialize not only in traditional reports based on hard data, but on experiential findings based on interviews and focus groups. Our service includes initial framing of the topic as well as project implementation. Focus areas include racial equity, social justice and more.