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Re-Energize a Longstanding Institution for Greater Impact
The Opportunity - and the Challenge:
- A major funder wanted to help a longstanding, respected national good governance organization put its house in order so it could have greater impact during the upcoming election cycle.
- New players had entered the marketplace, drawing away funders and attracting new, younger members.
- Friction between the national office and its many affiliates, typical in these kinds of organizations, distracted leadership.
- Many board members, representing the organization’s varied constituencies, were passive and disengaged.
- The executive resigned just as the project began, creating a leadership vacuum.
The Expertise - KrasnePlows:
- Performed an organizational assessment as part of consultant team, focusing on leadership, governance, organizational structure and finance issues
- Conducted Interviews, surveys, focus groups for board, staff (national & local), and other key stakeholders, to identify program, communications and leadership concerns and opportunities
- Assessed the agency’s financial condition and opportunities to increase funding, reduce costs, and improve efficiency
A board that stepped up to address key issues of dysfunction:
- Replaced the board chair and strengthened the executive committee
- Designated a board member to oversee and guide the interim ED
- Formed a committee to select the next executive director, ultimately choosing an experienced, respected, and skilled board member who was willing to step into the role
A new leader who re-energized the organization by:
- Strengthening its fund development capability,
- Improving and increasing communications internally, with the board, and externally
- Restructuring, clarifying and improving the working relationship between head office and the local affiliates
- Positioned the organization to have impact in 2008 election, a key goal
"Their reports and analysis helped the Board make some really major changes in the organization."