People that work in the non-profit industry are mission driven. When they recognize how their contributions positively impact their organization and the people they serve they contribute more. Echo works with non-profits to center paid and un-paid (volunteers) staff around the specific actions, processes, and practices that will sustain the organization and bring its mission to life today and into the future.
Client Engagement Profile
The Alzheimer’s Association Cleveland Area Chapter
The End of Alzheimer’s Starts with Me
Traditionally the Alzheimer’s chapter boards were grassroots boards where the members worked to alleviate the suffering of those afflicted with Alzheimer’s and their loved ones. As the organization grows the board dynamic is changing from local grassroots initiatives to community recognized activists that are invested in the national agenda of finding a cure for Alzheimer’s. With this change the chapter-level strategic planning is done on a national basis and the board members implement a plan they did not have input on creating. Echo collaborated with Alzheimer’s Association to help board members take ownership of the nationally created strategic plan and actively engage in its implementation.
Select influential board members and staff were organized to plan a day-long board summit using an Appreciative Inquiry approach to guide all board and staff members to discover, dream, design, and deliver plans for successful execution of their strategic plan.
- Board members understand how they crucially contribute to the growth and success of the organization.
- Board and staff members recommitted with pride to Chapter success.
- New alliances developed among board members and between board members and staff.
- Board members have clarity around the need for increased funding and awareness development .
- Board members are committed to goals that deliver the strategic plan.
Value of Outcomes
- Commitment to increase fundraising income by 8%.
- Organized as a community with a laser focus on finding a cure.
- Attracting new board members specifically from associated research and healthcare fields.
Quote from Client
Executive Director Nancy Udelson: "Our board and staff found this engagement to be an exciting, positive experience. It will more clearly focus board initiatives for the next few years"