Pathways to Growth for Non Profits

Our consultants, coaches, trainers and speakers will help you grow and develop your nonprofit through a variety of effective strategies that are designed to keep you, your staff and board, and your cause at peak performance. We are leaders in acquiring grants for mid to large size non-profits who are introducing new initiatives, seeking growth or find they are missing grant opportunities due to overcommitted staff or from not knowing what grants are available.We are highly skilled, inspired writers whose passion is to help our clients win grants and transform lives.   Unlike other grant writers, our team brings increased expertise to developing your grant proposals due to past experience in nonprofit roles such as executive director, program management, marketing and development.

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Grant Research and Writing

Pathways to Growth has a strong team of grant researchers and writers with over 40 years of grant writing and winning experience. We become a part of our clients’ development teams at a fraction of the cost for a full-time grant writer. dollar-directionsThe staff of Pathways to Growth believes that nonprofit resources should be invested wisely to produce the greatest return.  Before we begin a new grant application, our staff has done our homework to ensure that we apply for grants with a good probability of success for our clients. On a daily basis, we scan current literature with an eye to new funding opportunities, deadlines, trends in philanthropy and practical tips and information to share with our clients.  We have an ear to local funding opportunities and actively network with the best interests of our clients in mind.  Pathways to Growth also subscribes to a state of the art database search engine which is invaluable for researching funding prospects for our clients. We provide a customized detailed funding prospect search service.   We are highly skilled at matching the services provided by your organization with funders with an expressed interest in those services and population served. We utilize the database tool to dive deep and look at the funders interests, restrictions and giving history.  Pathways to Growth prepares a comprehensive report summarizing the search results and includes key information for each prospect, including application guidelines and deadlines.  Together, we use this report to develop an action plan designed to build funding support for your organization. Grant Writing: Pathways to Growth works closely with our clients to develop strong grant proposal concepts and gather pertinent information that is needed for each grant proposal.  Then, we take all of this information and write outstanding proposals for our clients.  While some of our clients contact us with a specific grant proposal that they would like us to write, we typically inform our clients on a regular basis about grant opportunities for which they would otherwise not be aware.  Our research strategies allow us to keep on top of what is happening in the grant world so we can then provide this information to our clients.  Pathways to Growth works on both a retainer-based fee or on a grant by grant basis, depending upon the needs of each client.  

Strategic Planning

CompassDeveloping your Three to Five Year Strategic Plan is a series of facilitated meetings conducted by Pathways to Growth staff that will help your nonprofit focus its efforts while building its capacity for the next three to five years.  Strategic plans are a critical key to the success of your nonprofit.  Pathways to Growth customizes these sessions to meet the goals and schedules of your nonprofit. Your end product is a three to five year Five Year Strategic Plan that will be crafted by your staff and board, written by Pathways to Growth and used as a vital document for your nonprofit’s future development.

NonProfit Business Trainings

Pathways to Growth offers customized trainings for nonprofits designed to take your organization to the next level of growth and beyond. Our trainings focus on the following key growth-focused areas:

  • Developing a Strong and Supportive Board
  • Board Governance, Roles and Responsibilities
  • Components of a Strong Funding Base
  • Powerful and Effective Communication Strategies
  • Developing and Growing Strong Leaders
  • Team Building Strategies
  • Time Management
  • Creating Momentum and Building Motivation
  • Leadership Assessment Tools
  • Personality Testing for Greater Impact

Group Coaching and Facilitation

puzzleGroup Coaching – small setting onsite or via webinar and video technology. When we are working in a group setting – although it’s not singular in nature – having the entire group’s input in thinking magnifies the richness of the discussions and results in developing solutions that are above and beyond what any individual can create. The cohesive bond that is formed empowers each person to develop the leader within and shine in a safe environment that nurtures the group as a whole. It is an experience unlike any other and follows the same premise as an academic think tank.

Individual NonProfit Business Coaching

According to Forbes magazine, business coaching has gone from fad to fundamental and according to the 2010 Executive Coaching Survey, conducted by the Conference Board, 63% of organizations use some form of internal coaching, and half of the rest plan to. If you are a nonprofit leader seeking to grow your influence and income, coaching is an excellent way to do so.

The ROI from professional coaching is a powerful indicator of coaching impact. According to a Manchester Consulting Group study of Fortune 100 executives, the Economic Times reports "coaching resulted in a ROI of almost six times the program cost as well as a 77% improvement in relationships, 67% improvement in teamwork, 61% improvement in job satisfaction and 48% improvement in quality." Additionally, a study of Fortune 500 telecommunications companies by MatrixGlobal found executive coaching resulted in a 529% ROI. The CIPD concludes "coaching is not just perceived as a nice-to-have intervention."

Professional nonprofit leaders realize that they too must operate with a business mindset, albeit a business with a big heart. More and more nonprofit leaders are enjoying the benefits of working with a coach to help them expand to the next level and impact their communities in a powerful way.

downloadOur coaching involves the ability to understand you: to think how you think, and understand your perspective. From this benchmark, we will place another perspective on top of yours – stretching and growing you to gently see a more empowering way. As certified coaches, we can see what you are going through now and what is up ahead on your pathway. Coaching is foreseeing, paving the way, coming alongside you while helping you achieve goals and overcome limiting paradigms. Individual coaching is one on one private and confidential coaching.

When we are working with you one-on-one, it is our highest objective to help you reach your purpose, vision and goals that are specific to your needs. Together, we will create a strategic, powerful plan for you to gain clarity through a regular process including interaction and accountability.

 

Mastermind Groups Designed for NonProfit Leaders

meetingThere is synergy of energy, commitment and excitement that participants bring to a mastermind group. Our special mastermind groups for nonprofits focus on Master Principles for Growing, Funding and Leading Your Nonprofit. Our facilitated groups offer a combination of masterminding, peer brainstorming, education, accountability and support in a group setting to sharpen your business and personal skills. By bringing fresh ideas and a different perspective, our masterminds can help you achieve success.
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Key Benefits of a Mastermind Group:

  • Increase your own experience and confidence
  • Sharpen your nonprofit and personal skills
  • Add an instant and valuable support network
  • Get honest feedback, advice and brainstorming
  • Borrow on the experience and skills of the other members
  • Create an action plan and have the group hold you accountable for fulfilling your plan and goals
  • Receive critical insights into yourself
  • Optimistic peer support in maintaining a positive mental attitude
  • A sense of shared endeavor – there are others out there!

VIP Days

Our VIP days are designed to catapult you to your next level of growth by setting aside an entire day to focus, contemplate and develop an action plan. You are the focus of our entire day! You can finally say, “It is all about me.” with no guilt! This is what you can expect from your personally designed VIP Day.

  • Our undivided attention on you
  • An intensified coaching experience to help you identify your priorities, goals, potential obstacles and steps forward
  • Working together to develop you life or professional plan for the coming year
  • Complimentary catered breakfast and lunch
  • A relaxing, rejuvenating atmosphere

This VIP day is coaching and planning on steroids.

Professional Speakers for your next Business Event

If you are seeking a speaker for a luncheon, staff meeting or keynote, Pathways to Growth has a team of speakers who are sure to provide an outstanding experience for you. We can customize speaking engagements specifically for you centered around effective nonprofit management, motivation, inspiration, leadership development, team building, workplace diversity, communication and time management.

Additional Services for NonProfits

Agency and Board Assessments

Pathways to Growth provides assessment consulting services to determine the effectiveness of our non-profit clients and their boards and to help assess the organizations’ readiness to compete for grants.  We offer the following three types of assessment services.
 
The first, entitled a Grant Readiness Assessment, uses a simple form that is filled out by an agency’s leadership by answering yes and no questions.  This assessment gauges whether or not the agency has developed items and policies that are most critical to have in place when seeking grant funds.   Some examples are board lists, personnel policies, two year budgets, audits, financial statements, etc.  Pathways to Growth then prepares a detailed report outlining the areas in which the organization needs to improve to increase its chances for grant success.  This assessment is required for all new Pathways to Growth clients who have had little or no grant winning experience. 

The second assessment is a Board Self-Assessment.  With this assessment, Pathways to Growth provides a self-assessment to board members that consists of a self-rating tool that uses a rating scale in different focus areas along with three narrative responses.  Pathways to Growth summarizes these assessments and creates a detailed report outlining the areas in which the board needs to improve along with a suggested plan to accomplish these improvements.

IRS Form 1023 Preparation for 501c3 Application

Pathways to Growth provides expert counsel and IRS form preparation for agencies seeking to apply for 501c3 status with the IRS. Our staff leads you through the entire process and completes the detailed IRS form (Form 1023) for your agency.

Development of Outcomes Measurement Systems

Meaningful and measurable outcomes are at the heart of a successful grant proposal along with making good business sense for a non-profit.   Pathways to Growth’ staff provides over 25 years of outcomes measurement knowledge to our clients.  We will consult one on one with your staff to develop an outcomes measurement system that makes sense for your agency.

Grant Management Systems

While it is a time to rejoice when your agency receives grant funding, the award is just the beginning of successful grant development.  In order to meet the requirements of most funders, your agency must be sure to have a system in place to measure your program’s effectiveness and be able to report your program results back to the funder.  For small foundation grants, this can be as simple as an end of the year report.  However, for many funders, especially all levels of government grants, you will be required to keep very accurate records and meet numerous reporting deadlines.  Pathways to Growth’ staff provides consulting services to help your agency set up these systems.  We will also work as the grant management arm of your agency to help you meet these deadlines and prepare all necessary reports.

Developing an Effective Volunteer Management Program

For most non-profits, volunteers are the hands and feet of the organization. Without them, many non-profits would crumble. Therefore, it is critical that an organization develop a structured program to recruit, train and keep volunteers. Pathways to Growth’ staff consults with our clients to develop strong volunteer programs that will benefit the organization for years to come. Volunteer programming is not only key to the success of a non-profit, but is also a key component to successful grant seeking. Funders often inquire about the use of volunteers in an organization as a way of measuring the effectiveness and capacity of an agency. Our staff will help your organization to develop a volunteer program that will help to sustain and grow your agency.

Developing Effective Boards

The board of a non-profit can literally make or break an organization. It is crucial that non-profit leaders and board members know how to develop and maintain an effective board of directors. Pathways to Growth’ staff consults with the leadership of our clients to help them develop and train strong boards. We will meet with your Executive Director and board leaders to identify and address weaknesses, build upon strengths and devise plans for future board development.

Coach and Proof

Pathways to Growth is available to provide coaching as you write your grant applications and to review your finished product.  This is a fee-based service and will depend upon the depth of the training and the type of grants sought.

Fundraising Event Analysis

Pathways to Growth has developed a unique tool to help our clients analyze the effectiveness of their fundraising events. This tool looks at a variety of issues such as return on investment, gross and net profits, benefits, and time factors to consult with our clients to analyze their fundraising events from a business perspective. This analysis is critical for non-profits to determine the successes of their events and to devise plans for improvement.  This consultation service consists of both one-on-one, board and staff meetings.