What We Do / Plan
Business, Strategic, and Merger Planning, Board Development and Crisis Interventions
BWB is committed to providing the support that increases a nonprofit’s efficiency and effectiveness. We are knowledgeable and trusted advisors to a range of community-based nonprofit organizations, policy advocacy groups, community development financial intermediaries and human services organizations. Through our facilitation and research, we work with boards and management to more clearly understand what is occurring within and around the organization, and to set goals and move forward.
BWB’s experienced planning team can lead retreats, review organizational structures, examine financial history, prepare financial projections, conduct cash flow analyses, offer market research and competitor analysis, and identify potential partners. BWB’s team can also help identify issues, resolve conflicts, and navigate transitions through mergers and acquisitions.
The end result is a practical working blueprint for the future, which includes:
- Results-oriented goals and objectives
- A well-defined strategic market position
- Earned income ventures
- New program collaborations
- Shared services and other cost efficiency measures
- Potential mergers and acquisitions
- Organizational roles and responsibilities
Some recent projects include:
For the Guilford Arts Center, Mike facilitated a series of board discussions to address historical structural challenges (including a by-laws redesign), improve recruitment, and increase member engagement all resulting in a more effective and responsive governing body.
Nonprofit Board Leadership Study
As part of the Alliance for Nonprofit Management Governance Affinity Group team, in August 2015 and 2019 respectively, conducted national surveys to better understand how nonprofit board leaders arrive at, train, and view their roles in relationship to the board and the community.
Partnership Assessment and Facilitation
Following an unexpected loss of the founder-leader, Mike was recruited by the Save the Sound board chair to assess the board’s capacity and options available to ensure the continued pursuit of mission. Based on the assessment, Mike was asked to identify and screen prospective partners and subsequently facilitate a preliminary agreement to become part of another environmental organization. Save the Sound continues its work in a new “home”.
For more than 15 years BWB Solutions has facilitated SARAH Inc.’s three-year planning processes. SARAH is dedicated to supporting individuals with differing abilities and planning has been an effective tool to help board and staff address ever-changing internal and external opportunities and challenges.
Business Plan Development and Sustainability Consultation
In partnership with the TCC Group, training was provided for business plan development for its state and regional public health associations and advised American Public Health Association on a technical assistance plan to improve the Affiliates’ potential for long-term sustainability. Engaged members completed their plans.