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: [...]
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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. [...]
Read “A Sense of Urgency,” featuring an interview with Communitas Consulting Principal, Saphira M. Baker, on her insights in designing and co-facilitating a new Equity and Health Fellowship Program for the Richmond Memorial Health Foundation.
Communitas Consulting was recently approved as a full member of the National Network of Consultants to Grantmakers (NNCG), requiring recommendations from five philanthropic clients and deep consulting experience.
One of the joys of my last several months has been becoming an Executive Coach to nine leaders in housing and community development organizations as part of the NeighborWork’s Achieving Excellence program. The program enrolls individuals who want to make a [...]
See presentation on philanthropic approaches to promoting heath equity and why greater equity matters. Communitas Consulting recently prepared this deck for the Mary Black Foundation’s strategic planning retreat in Spartanburg, South Carolina.