Build operational capacity to support the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo’s new strategy for “a vibrant and inclusive Greater Buffalo region with opportunity for all.”
One of the challenges we see over and over when clients come to us is that they have worked hard to create a brilliant strategy that defines the future vision and goals of their organization, but their existing organization is not designed in a way to implement it. This can be extremely frustrating for leaders of these organizations, as they can see the bright future in front of them, but are stuck in limbo without the ability to obtain it.
This was the case for the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo when they contacted us for support. They needed a partner to work beside them to implement their strategic plan, which obliged them to deepen their capacity to grow new assets, partnerships, and programs. To enable this required identifying different types of work they needed to perform and the skill sets required to do that work. It also required them think how to best array that work across the organization’s departments and realign cross-functional business processes. The Foundation saw an ambitious future leading social change, but had hit a roadblock with how to make it happen.
We were thrilled with the opportunity to bring this inspiring Foundation’s vision to life. The challenge was going to be building internal capacity and processes that could not only support the strategy of the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo now, but also as it continued to grow in the future.