A challenge for many executive directors is how to plan for meaningful change within their organization while also achieving buy-in from staff. Communitas adapted a traditional strategic planning process to include a less hierarchical and more staff-inclusive approach. Learn how time spent listening [...]
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We recently had the opportunity to work closely with a client who had funded and supported a major community change effort to evaluate what worked well and what did not. With the full cooperation of the funder and the nonprofit recipient, [...]
What’s Behind a Theory of Change? Engaging your organization’s leadership and team in creating a theory of change (TOC) can be a powerful and unifying activity. A good TOC (or theory of action or pathway) gives your partners and staff a [...]
Read new article in the Foundation Review about how to avoid unplanned donor legacies!
Here’s one approach that Communitas Consulting has used in the early stages of diagnosis for evaluations. It is transferrable to an assessment of your own organizational issues. When you are faced with an organizational or community problem that calls for a solution: [...]
As practitioners, we often rush to solve problems. We want to pin down the causes and make things better. In nonprofits and philanthropies, there is merit to this impulse -- and there is often misdirected energy. Our first impulse is to [...]
In working with several exceptional nonprofits over the past few months, I see the power and value of disrupting the traditional, board-led strategic planning model in favor of a process that encourages staff leadership and engagement early on at all levels [...]
Read new article in the Stanford Social Innovation Review showcasing Communitas’ approach to evaluation!
Read Stanford Social Innovations Review article on what works in second generation collective impact efforts by S. Baker and K. Horne.
The other day, preparing to deliver difficult news to a client, I could feel tension in my shoulders. It was only later that I realized my reaction had to do with my own desire not to disappoint others or make people upset. [...]