Here is how I can help you and your organization solve challenges you may be facing:
Grantmaking and Funding
Envision, align and develop grantmaking strategies to achieve the funder’s outcomes and return on their social investment. Develop approaches and structures that will take a program from a good idea to a great program.
Develop guidelines to align to goals and objectives of the funding strategy. As funders, we all are looking to help our grantseekers spent less time of fruitless searches and applications that don’t have a strong chance of being funded. Clear, well articulated guidelines help strengthen the connection between funders and grantseekers.
- Grant Review
Review and evaluate grant proposals, make funding recommendations to staff and boards. I have eight years of grant proposal reviews. Call me about helping out in your next round of applications.
- Proposal Alignment From the Other Side of the Table
Third party, independent review of NGO’s proposals from perspective of a program officer or funder. I frequently talked with Grantseekers who were not awarded a grant. During the conversation, I would discuss how the proposal might be strengthened or improved to meet the goals and objectives of the fund they had applied to. Unfortunately, this advice and insight came AFTER the proposal had already been declined. While most funders won’t read your proposal prior to submission, it is highly recommended that you have a third-party, unaffiliated, reader go over your submission.
Who better than a former program officer to read your proposal, probe for weaknesses, and look for alignment with the funder? Thinking Outside has teamed up with other program officers to offer you a robust and honest appraisal of your proposal, funder approach, and funding strategy.
Thinking Outside offers different levels of review:
- single, one-time review of a proposal
- general review of standard, or boiler plate proposal
- review of general funder approach and strategy
- Strategy and Vision
Vision, design and/or reimagine programs and strategies to align with mission and objectives of an organization, nonprofit or funder. I love to design and envision cool programs with great outcomes. Let’s sit down and brainstorm how to make your program effective and efficient.
Meetings and Facilitation
Meetings and events facilitation, MC or presenter.
I am a former teacher. Standing in front of crowds is in my DNA.
Team Building/Outdoor Staff Development
Staff and team development through the power of outdoor transformation through single day, or multi-day events.
Nothing transforms teams, staff or individuals faster than a real challenge. And there is no better venue to pull a team together than in an outdoor setting.