The Strategy Group

Supporting foundations and nonprofits to reach their potential as agents of the common good

Theory of Change for Nonprofits

Workshop Available for your Board and Staff

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.

About Us


About Us
The Strategy Group is a small team of passionate and deeply committed professionals driven toward a vision of social, economic, educational and health equity; improving the life conditions of our fellow humans; and supporting organizations like foundations, schools and nonprofits to achieve their potential as agents of social good.

We believe in the power of a compelling mission woven with the passion of individuals and organizations to bring about lasting change in our most vulnerable communities. Its our experience that mission and passion can lead to remarkable innovations; all communities have the power to bring about change. But, communities often need support and an approach or strategy to ensure that the needed conditions and capacities are in place to birth and sustain a new way of relating, living, working, educating, and caring for others in community.

With our national partners like the Network Weaver Consultants Network,  Youth Development Strategies, Inc., and North Star Planning and Evaluation we seek new ways to engage and support community, particularly the most vulnerable, to create a stronger, strategic and data informed approach to change.

We would be honored to join you on your journey to improve the lives of the most vulnerable and make our communities places we all can call home!





What We Do


Summary of Services and Supports

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.

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Community Networks

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.

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Equitable Opportunities

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.

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Organizational Learning and Evaluation

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.

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Our Team


Events


Theory of Change

  • 03/01/2018 05:00 PM
  • At your offices

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 info@thestrategygrp.org or 913-963-1345.

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  • 03/01/2018 04:59 PM
  • At your offices

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 info@thestrategygrp.org or 913-963-1345 to schedule your workshop.

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  • 03/01/2018 04:58 PM
  • El Centro, Inc. (Kansas City, KS Location)

Join with fellow nonprofit leaders in a fun and collaborative learning opportunity to work together to develop your organization's theory of change. Bring up to 2 staff or board members. Contact Bill Moore at The Strategy Group for more information.

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Workshops and Technical Assistance


Training, Coaching, Large and Small Group Professional Development

Starting and Expanding Your Human Network

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 Coaching

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Networks as a Strategy to Advance Foundation Priorities

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.

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Who is In (and Out) of Our Network? Mapping Your Network

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).

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Creating Innovation Centers: Self-Organized Workgroups

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.

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Leading in Non-Hierarchical Settings or Community Networks

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.

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Other Network Trainings and Supports

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.

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Current and Past Clients


The Greater Kansas City Hispanic Development Fund:Fund, Foundation

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 Greater Kansas City Hispanic Development Fund

Obici Health Foundation:Health Foundation, Suffolk, VA

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
Obici Health Foundation

St. Davids Foundation:Health Foundation in Austin, TX

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
St. Davids Foundation

Kaleidoscope Pathways, LLC:Strategic Consultation and Evaluation Research Firm

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.

Kaleidoscope Pathways, LLC

Public Health Institute:Non-profit public health organization headquartered in Oakland, CA

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
Public Health Institute

El Centro, Inc.:Nonprofit corporation serving the Latinx community in Wyandotte and Johnson County Kansas

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.
El Centro, Inc.

ACLU - Missouri:Non-profit civil liberties affiliate of the National ACLU organization

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
ACLU - Missouri

Community Organizing and Family Issues (COFI):Nonprofit organization headquartered in Chicago, IL

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
Community Organizing and Family Issues (COFI)

YMCA USA:National nonprofit youth development organization

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.

YMCA USA

Testimonials


DeAnna Davidson, President:Tracen Technologies, Inc.

"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.
DeAnna Davidson, President

David Norris, Senior Researcher:Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity

"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
David Norris, Senior Researcher

Todd Lacher, President:Institute for Research and Reform in Education

"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
Todd Lacher, President

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