Engaging Programs for Sustainability

Whether your organization needs consulting, performance coaching, focus groups or retreats, Michael gets the job done!
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Customized Programs for Social Impact By Design

Michael holds a Masters of Nonprofit Management from the renowned Mandel Center For Nonprofit Organizations at Case Western Reserve University in addition to a Political Science degree from Montana State University and a graduate diploma from The University of Queensland in Australia. In addition, Michael holds several advanced certificates in various facilitation methodologies.

Many organizations have invited Michael to serve in leadership roles on their Boards of Directors and organizing teams: from youth organizations and libraries to environmental groups and YMCAs.

“Michael made the strategic planning process at CARE not only manageable but helped us align the organizational goals meaningfully to the mission. He provides unique insight and intuitive understanding of NPO best practices, how to apply these principles and makes them practical for your organization.”

Tina M. Martin, Executive Director
CARE for Children, Bradford, PA

Take your organization to the next level in social responsibility, hire Michael!

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Programs for Sustainable Change

Proving Yourself A Good Investment: Whole Enterprise Evaluation

Available as a 1/2 & Full day Workshop | Focus Group | Retreat

Duration:

90-300 minutes depending upon your needs

Recommended Audience:

Funders, Donors, Board Members, Executive Directors, Staff

Synopsis:

What is it that funders want to see….outcomes, outcomes, outcomes. But as times get leaner the successful nonprofit will also have to show funders how a single dollar produces 3….5….even 15 dollars of value to the community. Adapted from three decades of research, this framework gives you a powerful tool to analyze your work in order to discern core assets as well as areas for improvement. This model gives nonprofit leaders powerful tools in order to answer the question “What should we be measuring and how should we be communicating those results?”

The session will cover:

  1. Participant satisfaction in service
  2. Knowledge transfer to participant as a result of service
  3. Change in behavior in participant as a result of knowledge transfer
  4. Impact upon community as a result of change in behavior of the participants

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the necessity for calculating their Return On Investment
  • List the Four Levels of Evaluation
  • Describe why one needs to evaluate at each level
  • Demonstrate understanding of the framework for constructing a multi-level evaluation plan
  • Outline the basic steps for calculating their own ROI

Building A Great Board Of Directors

Available as a 1/2 & Full day Workshop | Focus Group | Retreat

Duration:

90-300 minutes depending upon your needs

Recommended Audience:

Funders, Donors, Board Members, Executive Directors, Staff

Synopsis:

Peter Drucker once said, ‘The most underutilized asset in many a nonprofit is its board of directors”. There are many good nonprofits and all are good in different ways. But great nonprofits have one unique characteristic in common: a Great Board. Members volunteering their time want to be part of a great board. CEOs who hunger to be acknowledged as highly successful professionals need a great board. Funders who require maximum impact for their dollars want you to have a great board.

Great boards don’t just happen by magic. They’re carefully cultivated and nurtured. Great boards are built through a system. And it’s a system which anyone can implement.

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the nine essential responsibilities of Board members
  • Describe the three keys to a high functioning board
  • Use a tool to asses the health of their own Board
  • Establish a recruiting matrix and a recruiting strategy
  • Implement an orientation system so new members hit the ground running.

How To Think About Fiscal Sustainability: A Framework For Securing Your Future

Available as a 1/2 & Full day Workshop | Seminar | Planning Process

Duration:

This session can be offered in a variety of formats:

  • 75-90 minutes: Understanding Fiscal Sustainability Thinking
  • 180-240 minutes: Creating The Culture For Fiscal Sustainability

Multiple day: Developing and Implementing The Fiscal Sustainability Plan

Recommended Audience:

Volunteer Board Members, Executive Directors, Development Officers, Funders, Donors

Synopsis:

Sustainability is not limited to fundraising.

While fund development is a crucial part of all long range strategies, sustainability encompasses much more than the source of the next dollar. A true sustainability plan also includes strategies for getting more out of each dollar we have. Many opportunities exist through building new business partnerships as well as restructuring for efficiency. This can free up substantial resources that we can use to fund critical activities.

Those organizations that develop the capacity to think strategically and produce comprehensive plans will certainly be in a much stronger position to survive the uncertainties of the current economic and public funding environment

Learning Objectives:

Varies by how deep you wish to go:

75-90 minutes:

  • Comprehend The Five Critical Components In A Fiscal Sustainability Plan
  • Explain The Four Major Sustainability Strategies

180-240 minutes:

  • Describe The Eight Organizational Indicators Of A Sustainability Culture
  • Develop An Analysis Of Their Nonprofit To Engage In A Fiscal Sustainability Planning Process

Multiple Day:

  • Institute An Organization Development Plan To Address Critical Cultural And Operational Capacities.
  • Establish A Multi-Functional Plan For Addressing The Five Critical Components With The Associated Action Steps.

What others are saying

“Thank you so much for your skillful navigation of our group through this very challenging process of reviewing our purpose and refocusing based on growth and change.  I am VERY pleased with how you kept us focused on the main goal, and kept bringing us back to the basics.   I also appreciated how you kept those quieter members involved by specifically asking for their input.  The meeting was highly productive, and you were so warm and friendly, yet professional, that I think we all felt we were in good hands.”

Eileen Wise, Executive Director
Smart Start, State College, PA

“Michael made the strategic planning process at CARE not only manageable but helped us align the organizational goals meaningfully to the mission. He provides unique insight and intuitive understanding of NPO best practices, how to apply these principles and makes them practical for your organization.”

Tina M. Martin, Executive Director
CARE for Children, Bradford, PA

“Michael packed a punch with his concise, usable and relevant material.  Local non profit volunteers and board members went away from his workshop with plenty to think about and actionable strategies.  We can’t wait to book him for the next in the series!”

Georgia Abbey, Executive Director
Leadership Centre County, State College, PA

“Very few people have been able to capture the attention of my audience.  Michael Brand is one of the few that can.  His engaging style combined with real world applications makes him a favorite at DVAEYC conferences.”

Tyrone Scott, Professional Development Manager
DVAEYC, Philadelphia, PA

“We have an obligation to provide a cost-effective professional education for the organizations in our collaborative and my goal is to offer more than just the standard fare peddled by so many ‘experts’; material that sounds nice but fails to drive any real change. That’s why I am consistently impressed at how Michael Brand can challenge conventional thinking and get groups moving which have stagnated for 6-9-12 months.”

Amelia Smith, Community Engagement Coordinator
Northern Tier Community Action Agency, Emporium, PA

“I’ve engaged Michael’s help for 8 years now for everything from Strategic Planning to Public Forum Facilitation to Personal Coaching. When I need outside help, he’s the first one I call.”

Lee Sizemore, Board Chair
McKean Collaborative Board, Smethport, PA

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