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Strategic Planning & Guidance

Informed solutions for focusing your organization

Strategic planning turns vision into reality. Communitas Consulting dives deep to research and navigate the often complex systems and issues that determine your success. Through this process we clarify your objectives, mine insight from stakeholders, facilitate ownership, and define the specific actions needed at each step, mapping a comprehensive multi-year blueprint to your goals and strengths.

Evaluation & Assessment

Putting data-driven insight
into action

Strong organizations are built on solid information. Our commitment to research, evaluation and assessment ensures that everyone understands the landscape, knows what works — and doesn’t — and can clearly communicate the impact to stakeholders. Communitas Consulting’s reports and recommendations are detailed, insightful and verifiable, helping you establish a qualitative and quantitative record to make informed, strategic decisions for current and future initiatives.

Coalition Building & Facilitation

Bringing together the people who make a difference

Social issues are too complex for any one agency to handle on its own. Utilizing our expertise with nonprofits and community planning, Communitas establishes valuable trust with the relevant stakeholders in your mission, and facilitates the meetings where viewpoints are shared, issues are addressed, and coalitions are built. Facilitation is focused on reaching common goals, objectives, and benchmarks, creating useful and action-oriented direction for your next step.

Coaching & Design for Implementation 

Translating your plans, focusing your vision

Effective leaders translate aspirational plans into results. Communitas Consulting serves as an advisor or executive coach to help you design and launch programs, implement strategic and community plans, and keep multifaceted collaborative initiatives on track. We’ll be your thought partner, providing informed and capable support that keeps you focused on sustaining and achieving your good work.

“I cannot imagine creating the strategic plan that we did without Saphira Baker’s guidance and professionalism. She welcomed our desire to have the planning process be a collaborative project between both Board and staff members. Saphira was able to balance the many strong and at times disparate ideas and directions into a harmonious final product.

Although our work to develop our plan is complete, Saphira continues to help troubleshoot and think about challenges of plan implementation. This is evidence of how much she cares not only about her work, but also about her clients.”

Matthew Gibson, Executive Director, Virginia Humanities

“Simply put, our goals were surpassed. We could not imagine at the outset the incredible value Communitas Consulting would add to the Equity + Health Fellowship process. RMHF would not be nearly at the place it is now without the engagement.

Five stars in everything. Saphira’s very thoughtful, responsive, always on the mark, direct, and quite remarkable. Among her many gifts, she’s an extraordinarily skilled facilitator with a very open heart and mind that makes great work possible.”

Mark D. Constantine PhD, President and CEO, Richmond Memorial Health Foundation (RMHF)

“Communitas Consulting brought a lot of value-add in how to think about strengthening the evaluation’s application and clarifying the purpose. They’re not just spitting out what they heard, but making it valuable to us to inform our decisions.”

Tina R. Trent, Senior Director, Strategic Planning and Program Evaluation, NeighborWorks®, Washington, DC

“Lots of people can do strategic planning, but Saphira’s real expertise is helping people see things that are bigger than one organization. One of her many strengths is helping diverse groups of stakeholders get together and visualize how systems can be different.”

Lisa Specter-Dunaway, CEO, Families Forward

“The way Saphira works, you immediately feel at ease and trust is built quickly. She already has credibility in the community and great relationships, and when people learned she was part of our process it added immediate credibility.”

Rich Schultz, Executive Director, Smart Beginnings

“I cannot imagine creating the strategic plan that we did without Saphira Baker’s guidance and professionalism. She welcomed our desire to have the planning process be a collaborative project between both Board and staff members. Saphira was able to balance the many strong and at times disparate ideas and directions into a harmonious final product.

Although our work to develop our plan is complete, Saphira continues to help troubleshoot and think about challenges of plan implementation. This is evidence of how much she cares not only about her work, but also about her clients.”

Matthew Gibson, Executive Director, Virginia Humanities

“Simply put, our goals were surpassed. We could not imagine at the outset the incredible value Communitas Consulting would add to the Equity + Health Fellowship process. RMHF would not be nearly at the place it is now without the engagement.

Five stars in everything. Saphira’s very thoughtful, responsive, always on the mark, direct, and quite remarkable. Among her many gifts, she’s an extraordinarily skilled facilitator with a very open heart and mind that makes great work possible.”

Mark D. Constantine PhD, President and CEO, Richmond Memorial Health Foundation (RMHF)

“Communitas Consulting brought a lot of value-add in how to think about strengthening the evaluation’s application and clarifying the purpose. They’re not just spitting out what they heard, but making it valuable to us to inform our decisions.”

Tina R. Trent, Senior Director, Strategic Planning and Program Evaluation, NeighborWorks®, Washington, DC

“Lots of people can do strategic planning, but Saphira’s real expertise is helping people see things that are bigger than one organization. One of her many strengths is helping diverse groups of stakeholders get together and visualize how systems can be different.”

Lisa Specter-Dunaway, CEO, Families Forward

“The way Saphira works, you immediately feel at ease and trust is built quickly. She already has credibility in the community and great relationships, and when people learned she was part of our process it added immediate credibility.”

Rich Schultz, Executive Director, Smart Beginnings