The Strategy Group offers a full suite of services focused on organizational learning, community engagement and capacity building, and equitable opportunities. Click the link below to download a summary of services for nonprofits and foundations and for community.Learn More
The Strategy Group's consultants have decades of experience helping foundations and nonprofits expand their capacity and sharpen their strategic focus through strategic planning, program and grant evaluation, theory of change, organizational learning systems design, implementing learning communities or Communities of Practice, and designing and implementing organizational and community capacity building plans. Foundations, as learning organizations, considering participatory grantmaking, can be guided by experienced former foundation leaders who understand the challenges philanthropy faces when trying to adopt a new ethos and processes to empower communities and move decision making to the community-level.Learn More
The Strategy Group is a member of the Network Weavers Consultants Network and offers a variety of effective strategies to engage community members in important dialogue and planning efforts to improve capacities and conditions in communities to mobilize around pressing community problems. When your organization or community is ready to consider how community- or organization-based networks can benefit your stakeholders (or business) TSG can advise, consult, facilitate and support the work. Click Learn More for a short article and two videos about Networks and Network WeavingLearn More
The Strategy Group is an organization committed to social justice and equity for all people. Toward that end The Strategy Group and our partners assist foundations to develop their equity lens, implement participatory grantmaking like shared gifting and gifting circles, and create inclusive community engagement processes.Learn More
William (Bill) Moore is the Principal at The Strategy Group and Senior Fellow with the Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership. Bill was recently appointed by Mayor Copeland to the Olathe Human Relations Commission to continue his work on equity, diversity and inclusion for Olathe, KS. Bill has spent his entire career working in our most challenged communities - both urban and rural - and with vulnerable populations to find solutions to our most pressing social, education, and health concerns. As the former Vice-President of Programs and Evaluation at the REACH Healthcare Foundation he designed and guided implementation of community projects designed to give rural communities a chance to redefine what it means to live in rural America and be healthy. In Kansas City, Kansas he led the investment of funds to find out why urban economically disadvantaged persons and their families could not access the health care services they needed. And, at the Institute for Research and Reform in Education he worked with dozens of under-performing urban schools to improve the engagement of students, the alignment of instructional content, and the rigor of curricula to prepare youth for academic success and improved life chances. His personal mission is to help people and improve the world we all live in. Previously, Bill served as the Director of Research in two urban school systems and at the University of Kansas Medical Center. A former professor at the University of Kansas Medical Center and Senior Research Associate at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. View Bill's LinkedIn Profile here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/moorewp/William Moore, Ph.D. - Principal: The Strategy Group | Bill's LinkedIn Profile
David Smith is a Senior Affiliated Consultant with The Strategy Group. A former Club kid himself, Smith was hired in 1994 as President of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City and led the organization for nearly 25 years through tremendous growth. Smith's time at the Clubs was the zenith of an entire professional career spanning close to 50 years helping young people develop and grow. Over the years at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City, Smith worked with boards of 25 plus members to accomplish: • Annual operating revenue growth from $1M to over $8M. • Increased to 1,000 youth served daily. • Grew net assets from $2.5M to nearly $18M. • Expanded operating units by 5 locations • Successfully led five capital campaigns for renovation, expansion and general support of the Clubs generating over $31M. • Pioneered the Kids Night Out special event, one of the most successful fundraising events in Kansas City, raising more than $15M between 1996 and 2018. In addition to having a positive impact on the youth served at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City, Smith had a 12-year career with the YMCA of Greater Kansas City in Program, Center and District Director roles, and completed his tenure there as Vice President for Community and Financial Development. In April 2002, Smith was elected to the Kansas City, Missouri School Board (KCPS) as an at-large member. He was re-elected in 2006, serving two terms as KCPS School Board President. In 2018 following his retirement from the Clubs, Smith in partnership with his late son, David A. Smith, Jr., founded The David Group, LLC to provide a range of consulting services to non-profit organizations.David A. Smith, MA, CFRE, Senior Affiliated Consultant: Founder, The David Group, LLC
Amanda Krenos is a Senior Affiliated Consultant with The Strategy Group. She is an award-winning creative professional with more than ten years of experience turning ideas and concepts into eye-catching visuals. In addition to her work with The Strategy Group, Amanda spends her time on personal art and freelance projects, and works as the graphic designer at Kansas City PBS. During her time there, she has been responsible for developing art direction for campaigns and projects as well as creating art and design for broadcast, video, print, social media, web, email, and large-format applications. Her work supports efforts that include sales, marketing, fundraising, and production. Amanda’s experience at Kansas City PBS also includes maintaining, using, and understanding multiple national and local brands. These include PBS, PBS Kids, and separate materials for the organization’s local TV Station, radio station, and journalism center. She has served in lead graphics roles for two major rebrand efforts at the station. Amanda earned her bachelor’s degree in art at The Pennsylvania State University before coming to Kansas City.Amanda Krenos, Senior Affiliated Consultant: The Strategy Group
Jennifer Alexander is a Senior Affiliated Consultant with The Strategy Group and is the founder of Optimize Passion LLC, a boutique management consultancy that provides capacity building and support services to small businesses and growing nonprofit organizations. Jennifer specializes in building the governance, administrative, fund development, and marketing capacities of nonprofit organizations transitioning from start-up to growth. She particularly enjoys working with passionate founders and inaugural board members who are navigating the nonprofit sector for the very first time. She offers a 3-module online crash course – Nonprofit 101 – designed specifically for nonprofit founders. During the past 9 years, Jennifer has facilitated board retreats, engaged in strategic planning, conducted stakeholder research, crafted agency policies and procedures, reworked logic models, drafted case statements, built volunteer programs, diversified revenue streams, created fundraising toolkits, drafted annual development plans, designed signature fundraising events, and facilitated budgeting processes. Since 2011, Jennifer has served numerous social impact organizations in the Kansas City metropolitan area including Pathway To Hope, Sisters In Christ, KC Mothers in Charge, Amethyst Place, Harvesters Community Food Network, the Child Protection Center, GateWay of Hope, the Carousel Adult Day Care, and Veronica’s Voice. Jennifer obtained a Master of Public Administration in Nonprofit Management in 2015 and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 2011 from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professional and holds a Certificate in Fundraising from the Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership.Jennifer Alexander: Senior Affiliated Consultant | Optimize Passion, LLC
Mike Sherry is a Senior Affiliated Consultant with The Strategy Group. Mike provides communications expertise to our clients. Mike is the founder and principal of OnPoint Communications. Mike draws upon more than three decades of journalism experience to help small and mid-sized nonprofits tell their stories to funders and the wider community. OnPoint Communications fills the critical gap between program staff and the development team. By interviewing staff and clients, then marrying that material with program data, OnPoint Communications captures material that too often falls by the wayside or is scattered throughout the organization. Mike has worked as a reporter and editor at publications on the East Coast and Midwest. In addition to three stints in Washington, D.C, Mike has worked at newspapers in State College, Pennsylvania, St. Joseph, Missouri, Omaha, Nebraska, and in his hometown of Kansas City, Missouri. Prior to focusing on OnPoint Communications full time, Mike was the senior reporter for KCPT - Kansas City PBS. At KCPT, he wrote and edited online news stories, managed interns, coordinated long-term multimedia projects, and assisted with videos.Mike Sherry: On-Point Communications
Harlan Brownlee is a Senior Affiliated Consultant with The Strategy Group and a consultant with Focus 5 Inc. Harlan understands the transformational power that the arts have to improve the quality of life for individuals and the community. He possesses a passion for the arts guided by a disciplined approach to change. Brownlee has worked for thirty-four years in the arts education field as a performing artist, educator, and arts administrator. He was the Chief Executive Officer for the Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey (KCFAA) from 2015 to 2018. KCFAA teaches young people critical life skills through dance, and models interracial and multi-cultural community partnerships. From 2009 to 2015, he led ArtsKC - Regional Arts Council as the President and CEO, developing community partnerships dedicated to insuring access to the arts and cultural development for the region. From 2005 to 2009, he served as the Executive Director for Kansas City Young Audiences, a non-profit dedicated to engaging all youth in the arts, promoting creativity, and inspiring success in education. Mr. Brownlee is on the Kennedy Center’s National touring roster for the Partners in Education program and Changing Education through the Arts. He has conducted master classes, workshops and residencies extensively in the Midwest and throughout the United States. Most recently, Harlan was chosen as a presenter for Project Lead the Way’s National Conferences. In addition, he has designed and implemented hundreds of lesson plans over 34 years instructing a weekly class at Community School #1 that integrates dance and movement into the general curriculum with an emphasis on the subject areas of science and literacy. Harlan has been an adjunct professor for Rockhurst University’s School of Education and the University of Missouri – Kansas City’s School of Education. Harlan served as a consultant for the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and as a member of the Fine Arts Task Force. Mr. Brownlee received his B.F.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where he was educated as a dancer and choreographer. His performance background includes work for thirteen years as one of the Artistic Co-Directors with City in Motion Dance Theater in Kansas City, Missouri. Mr. Brownlee received his M.A. in Educational Research and Psychology from the University of Missouri - Kansas City. He has served on the NP Connect and Community School #1 boards as well as the Regional Vice-President for the Missouri Citizens for the Arts (MCA) and the Past-President of the Missouri Dance Educators Organization (MDEO). Past board service also includes the Kansas City School of the Arts (KCSA), the Missouri Alliance for Arts Education (MAAE), the Missouri Association of Community Arts Agencies (MACAA), and a past Associate Editor for the Teaching Artist Journal.Harlan Brownlee: Senior Affiliated Consultant
Michelle Gambone is a Senior Affiliated Consultant with The Strategy Group. Michelle is a prominent sociologist and the President of YDSI, Inc., YDSI is a nonprofit consultancy focused on improving the conditions where children and youth spend the majority of their time - after school programs, youth serving agencies and schools. YDSI is a key partner with The Strategy Group.Michelle Gambone, PhD, Senior Affiliated Consultant: President, Youth Development Strategies, Inc. | Youth Development Strategies, Inc.
Annalisa Gramlich is a Senior Affiliated Consultant with The Strategy Group. Annalisa is an education research psychologist, licensed professional counselor, and certified yoga teacher. She has Master’s degrees in Education Research and Psychology and Counseling Psychology. Annalisa has a wealth of experience in various industries and disciplines including leadership studies, education research and psychology, market research, and independent consulting. She specializes in helping others find the answers that they are looking for through thoughtful collaboration. Annalisa is a key partner with The Strategy GroupAnnalisa Gramlich, MS, MA, LPC, RYT-200, Senior Affiliated Consultant: Director of Assessment and Accreditation, Rockhurst University
Schedule a half-day workshop for Board members and your staff! You will learn about Theory of Change - a dynamic, inclusive and provoking way of communicating to stakeholders how your organization makes a difference. To sign up contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 913-963-1345.
Intentional change networks try to build connections that enable people to make changes in their communities. Huge problems like generational poverty, food insecurity, social justice issues like institutional racism and discrimination, affordable housing, inequitable systems of health care and public education require intentional social change networks to bring about meaningful and sustainable community change. Contact us at email@example.com or 913-963-1345 to schedule your workshop.
The Strategy Group staff and key partners collaborate in delivering a highly engaging training on organizational and community networks. Webinar or On-Site Training and CoachingLearn More
The workshop is designed for foundation board members, leadership and program staff to better understand what intentional community change networks are, their unique features, their purposes, and how foundations can use this approach to more effectively advance their strategic priorities.Learn More
TSG staff and key partners collaborate in delivering a highly engaging and eye-opening training on mapping your known organizational or community network. Be ready for hands-on learning and team-based work in this session. Participants receive a discount on network mapping software and manuals on mapping your network. Workshop is offered in partnership with the Network Weaver Consultants Network and led by June Holley, one of the nation's foremost leaders on Network Weaving, author of the Network Weaver's Handbook available through Amazon Books (See link below).Learn More
TSG staff and key partners collaborate in delivering a highly engaging training on strategies to stimulate innovation in communities using self-organized work groups. Communities, collaboratives and coalitions often find themselves struggling to create different ways of doing things; stuck in an endless cycle of talking, rehashing, revisiting, and talking more without ever getting to action. Innovation centers, built on the concept of self-organized work groups have been highly effective in other community settings.Learn More
TSG staff and key partners collaborate in delivering a paradigm shifting training on new models of leadership. Leading non-hierarchical (we are all equals here) projects or community networks demands a different model of leadership. We've learned a lot about evolving mature leaders and supporting emerging leaders. Learn about the four roles network leaders perform, how experienced, veteran leaders can adapt their leadership style to be more effective in non-hierarchical efforts and how emerging leaders can be effectively supported to insure that the next generation of leaders have experience leading community initiatives and a sound sense of network values.Learn More
TSG staff and key partners have years of experience supporting the emergence and growth of networks. Additional learning experiences, workshops, coaching, and trainings are available and can be customized to meet your needs.Learn More
June 22, 2020 Re: Recommendation letter for The Strategy Group It is my honor to recommend the Strategy Group for consultant work related to organizational strategic planning and Theory of Change development. Bill and I have worked together over the last 15 years through educational, philanthropic and consulting opportunities. During each opportunity, he has kept a strong dedication to his trade, the organization he was working with and the broader community. I recommend an outstanding business consultant to you. The mission of El Centro, Inc., a not-for-profit corporation, is "strengthening communities and improving lives of Latinos and others through educational, social and economic opportunities." While El Centro provides services to all individuals, we are uniquely prepared with special expertise to integrate and serve Hispanics and Latino immigrants. Eighty-percent of El Centre's staff is Latino or bilingual to maximize our cultural-competence to our target population. Our programs serve both Wyandotte and Johnson Counties in Kansas. The services we provide include: early childhood education, emergency services, financial literacy and home buyers education, health education and health navigation, and advocacy services. Bill recently completed a consulting contract here at El Centro. He assisted our organization, with the support of staff, board and community to create our Theory of Change. Bill educated staff about the process, facilitated the development and implementation so we could more effectively serve our clients and the community. Most notable was his responsiveness and receptiveness to our lack of knowledge to this concept. Bill championed data and education to promote us to move toward an external vision rather than an internal focus we have maintained. His work assisted us to develop a road map that valued customer service and a constant client feedback with a focus on our Theory of Change to sustain long-term impact. Whether it is conducting a needs analysis, research and information gathering, educating or guiding an organization, Bill is paramount in assisting to create and facilitate discussions with a broader group of people, and to move those conversations into action. I highly recommend The Strategy Group as a consultant to help you effect some changes that will have a positive impact on your organization. I believe William Moore is the person who can make a difference. Please feel free to contact me should you have questions or want to discuss Bill's qualifications further. I can be reached at (913)-677-0100 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.Website
"Bill is passionate about the quality and integrity of the research he’s involved in and committed to making a real difference in the quality of education for youth. His leadership reflects his commitment to both relevance and excellence. He is a pleasure to work with and a pleasure to learn from."Tracen Technologies, Inc.
"Bill oversaw a project in the Kansas City, KS area for which my organization was contracted to create a report on barriers to health care access in KCK. The report required the participation of several high-profile community stakeholders and some sensitive data negotiations. Bill did an amazing job, making introductions, mediating relationships and balancing stakeholder and community interests to ensure that I had all that I needed to complete my work. It was obvious in the community and project meetings I attended with Bill that he is highly respected and his opinions valued, which no doubt contributes to his effectiveness as an advocate and thought leader."Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity
"Bill is one of those rare executives who is able to enact a balance between visionary leadership and the practical skills it takes to be an effective manager. His commitment to his work is matched only by his commitment to supporting and strengthening the work of his colleagues. As a supervisor, Bill has an uncommon knack for providing the kind of mentorship needed to develop organizational talent and build the skills and capacity of those around him. Bill’s commitment, knowledge, vision, and skills as a leader are top-notch."Institute for Research and Reform in Education