What I Do
As a consultant, I love opportunities to really get to know an organization and join an effort that is grounded in the values of resident-centered investing and a culture of learning. I prefer work that is longer-term and includes me as a long-distance member of a team along with in-person time in with my lcient in their office and and community. Most typically, this engagement begins with a conversation from which I develop a short proposal that includes a scope of work and projected budget. This can be project or activity specific or something that is more geared to helping shift organizational culture.
My areas of expertise include:
community engagement strategy and tactics
resident-centered investing, including resident-centered micro-granting
asset based community development
program and organizational assessments
designing avenues for organizational and individual learning and growth
What I dont' do:
Foundation grant research
I love bringing my training as a coach from the Hudson Institute of Coaching, one of the esteemed coach-training schools in the U.S. to work at the intersection of philanthropy and resident-centered investing by offering on-going coaching to key people who are working in a change-environment, helping their organization shift its relationship with the community it serves.
On-going coaching involves a minimum of a three-month commitment, with 1 hour coaching sessions at pre-determined times each week. As a coach, my job is to listen, ask good questions, help you identify where you want to go and how you can get there, and support you in maintaining momentum along the way.
I also offer spot coaching as a one-time or as-needed option for people who want to connect for help now and then. I especially enjoy working with people who want are seeking out an informed sounding board to help them think through a philanthropy/resident-centered investing question.
If you're interested in getting a good overview of grassroots grantmaking and the world of resident-centered investing, I can offer training via a personalized webinar or in person. I especially enjoy groups that involve both funding organization staff and community members - especially when resident-led review and decision-making is in the picture and there is an opportunity to plan the training as a learning exchange.
As a long-time member of the Asset Based Community Development Institute faculty, I also provide ABCD training for organizations are working at the intersection of philanthropy and resident-centered investing.