The Strategy Group facilitates a custom series of workshops for nonprofits who are ready and interested in developing their own theory of change. Up to 10 organizations can choose to participate in 4 learning community sessions with other like-minded nonprofits, one-on-one monthly coaching sessions with an experienced theory of change trainer, and unlimited telephone support.
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 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 conditions in communities. Foundations seeking to better understand participatory grantmaking to have more impact and community-driven decision making can count on TSG to help make that vision a reality. When your organization or community is ready to move to action on ethos, policy and practice, infrastructure, and services we are there to guide you through the process.Learn 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, and create inclusive community engagement processes.Learn More
The Strategy Group's consultants have decades of experience helping foundations and nonprofits expand their capacity and sharpen their strategic focus through 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
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.William Moore, PhD, Principal: The Strategy Group
Andrea Anderson, founder of North Star Planning & Evaluation Consultants, has over 20 years of experience conducting evaluation, applied research, and technical assistance and consulting for philanthropic and non-profit sector clients. She specializes in a theory-driven approach to evaluation, which is often leveraged to facilitate planning and organizational development for social and racial justice programs and initiatives. Working collaboratively with stakeholders, her approach to evaluation builds a foundation for reflexive learning for her clients and their organizations. Andrea is a key partner with The Strategy Group.Andrea Anderson, PhD, Senior Affiliated Consultant: Principal, North Star Planning and Evaluation Consultants, North Star Planning and Evaluation Consultants
June Holley leads the Network Weaver Consultants Network and provides national leadership around the implementation of network weaving as both a community engagement strategy and a model to guide community-based initiatives. June is a key partner with The Strategy Group.June Holley, MS, Senior Affiliated Consultant: Founder, Network Weaver Consultants Network, Network Weaver Consultants Network
Kristin Johnstad is Principal at Johnstad & Associates. Kristin is a certified facilitator, integral coach, and network leadership coach. Kristin helps leaders of communities become more successful and effective in complex systems and networks. Kristin is a key partner with The Strategy Group.Kristin Johnstad, Senior Affiliated Consultant: Johnstad & Associates, Johnstad & Associates
Harlan Brownlee 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
Andrea Routh serves as a coach and advisor for non-profit executives. She is also an organizational consultant bringing over 25 years of executive management, strategic leadership, board development, health policy, community engagement, and advocacy experience to The Strategy Group team. Andrea specializes in helping non-profit executives develop themselves as effective leaders in public policy advocacy. Most recently, Andrea served as the Interim CEO of MetroCARE of Greater Kansas City, guiding its Board of Directors and staff through a complex merger process, while maintaining operations and important client services. From 2008 to May, 2015, Andrea served as the founding Executive Director of the Missouri Health Advocacy Alliance, a non-profit statewide coalition of fifty consumer advocacy organizations and safety net health care providers, providing a united consumer voice for quality affordable health care choices in Missouri. Andrea is an attorney with over 3 decades of experience in health policy and senior issues. She served in policy, research, and senior management positions in Missouri state government, including two years as Missouri Governor Mel Carnahan’s Director of Policy Development. Andrea brings a unique background of public and non-profit sector understanding and expertise to The Strategy Group team and its clients.Andrea Routh, JD: Senior Policy and Leadership Consultant
Michelle Gambone 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 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.Read More
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.Read More
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
The Strategy Group recently was selected to support The Greater Kansas City Hispanic Development Fund to develop their first Theory of Change and facilitate their strategic planning process.The Greater Kansas City Hispanic Development Fund
The Strategy Group is supporting the Obici Health Foundation in Suffolk, VA in their Healthy Beginnings initiative. TSG consultants will provide technical assistance and network support to multiple community collaboratives in the development of their maternal and child health planning grants.Obici Health Foundation website
The Strategy Group is supporting the St. David's Foundation in a comprehensive planning process to assess the current conditions and capacities of the rural communities in the Foundation’s service area to commit to, and engage in, a community capacity building process leading to more capable and effective community responses to local social and health problems. The anticipated long-term goal of such an investment would be to dramatically strengthen the capacity of rural communities to collaboratively create local innovations to solve or reduce the negative consequences of pressing social and health problems in their own communities.St. Davids Foundation
The Strategy Group is supporting Kaleidoscope Pathways in their partnerships with the Greater New Orleans Funders Network (GNOFN), the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust and the University of Pennsylvania - Forward Promise Project. Each of these efforts include supporting organizations to develop theories of change to communicate and advance their strategic priorities.
The Strategy Group partnered with Public Health institute to support the California Accountable Communities for Health Initiative (CACHI). TSG provided training and coaching to CACHI Accelerator Sites focused on building strong community networks throughout California.Public Health Institute
The Strategy Group partnered with El Centro, Inc. to facilitate and coach organizational leaders and stakeholders to develop an organizational theory of change, align programming, services, strategies and outcomes to achieve their organizational mission. 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.”El Centro, Inc.
The Strategy Group, funded by the Deaconess Foundation in St. Louis, MO, is partnering with the ACLU of Missouri to support a comprehensive 4 year capacity building plan to strengthen the organization's capacity to effectively defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States.ACLU Missouri
The Strategy Group is supporting Community Organizing and Family Issues (COFI) with funding from the Deaconess Foundation in St. Louis to design and implement a four year comprehensive capacity building plan to strengthen the capability of the organization to achieve its mission. COFI's mission is to strengthen the power and voice of low-income and working families at all levels of civic life—from local institutions and communities to the local, state, and federal policy arenas.Community Organizing and Family Life
TSG provided a racial equity facilitation guide for the National Early Childhood Equity, Y-USA initiative's cohort learning community. Working with the Project Director and local facilitator, TSG's Andrea Anderson and William Moore developed a day-long process for exploring and examining policies and practices that may be blocking equitable access to early childhood services at participating Y's.
"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