Michael Brand's Mission: Social Impact By Design
For a generation, Michael Brand has been carrying the message of transformation….that we can rethink the whole nature of nonprofits and social responsibility and create exciting new models that pursue the mission and fulfill the hearts of those working in the organization.
While working with leaders from across the northeast United States, Michael currently serves at a Project Officer for a major east coast community foundation, where he is leading the coaching and training efforts to ignite nonprofit transformation in the region. In addition, he is coordinating the disbursement of over $1 million in aid to select nonprofits.
“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 Mgr
DVAEYC, Philadelphia, PA
Keynotes & Seminars
Creating Social Impact By Design – The Challenge Of Change
Available as a Keynote | Seminar
It might be the most interesting data to come out about change in organizations, that almost three-quarters of such efforts fail to achieve the desired state. Alarmingly, in a full third of the cases, these exertions have left the nonprofit worse off than when they began.
The social and economic disturbances of the past decade have made it clear that The Status Quo Is Not An Option. The model we’ve used to manage and fund nonprofits is being replaced. Many leaders understand this, but are frustrated they can’t get their nonprofit moving at the speed of change.
This is a time of incredible disruption. The American economy is undergoing a once in a generation transformation. There are fundamental forces bearing down on every sector of society: housing, education, health care, workforce development, government. What we do know is that the nonprofit sector will look very different five and ten years from now. The question: Will you be leading the change or be on the outside asking ‘what happened’?
In this lively hour, Michael demonstrates why change is so hard to initiate and sustain. Incorporated are several activities which enable participants to engage with each other about the pressing strategic needs but also how they can be a catalyst for charting a path to a secure future for their nonprofit.
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.”
“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.”
“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!”
“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