WolfBrown partners with organizations and agencies to assess programmatic directions and business processes, consider alternative pathways to mission fulfillment, energize stakeholders, and find fresh alignment between community relevance and financial sustainability.
We have led strategic planning processes for arts and culture organizations of all sizes and at all stages of development. Each planning project is tailored to the organization’s needs and starts with a dialogue about what sort of planning process will yield the best results. Will the organization be served by scenario planning? Is it ready for paradigmatic change? Should the planning process investigate multiple visions for the future, or just one? How will the organization’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion be manifest in the planning work? How will progress toward plan goals and strategies be measured and adjusted as needed? How can the planning process contribute to organizational sustainability?
While written plans memorialize institutional thinking about the future at a given point in time, we understand planning as a continuous, rather than episodic, activity, especially given the rapidly changing post-pandemic operating environment.
At the heart of strategic planning is creative thinking about strategy. Some visioning processes culminate in a guiding set of institutional goals, values, and business model strategies. Other processes go on to create concrete, action-oriented, financially achievable action steps and desired outcomes for all areas of the organization. Planning is important work. It is never done. Achieving organization-wide alignment around vision, goals, and strategies is crucial to motivating stakeholders to fulfill the promise of mission and funders to maximize their support.
We focus on healthy workforces and excellence in governance.
WolfBrown understands that human capital is the linchpin of organizational success. Without a motivated and skilled workforce, organizational strategy has little chance of successful implementation. The expertise required to manage a nonprofit workforce in the 21st century is significantly more complex than it was even 10 years ago. In strategic plan after strategic plan, we see institutions making serious commitments to workforce improvement, but falling short on implementation. We also offer a range of services to assist nonprofit arts organizations in ensuring that they have the right people with the right skills and experience in the right positions doing the right work in the right way.