Strategic Planning for Policy Change

A newly-created nonprofit organization seeks to advocate for more equitable criminal justice policies by empowering the voices of former offenders and their families. The organization enjoys a groundswell of support but as a newly incorporated organization, has limited funding and no strategic plan. Platform Civic Strategies would provide strategic planning that includes:

Field Analysis: Assessing the broader field of criminal justice reform advocacy to provide the organization with context for understanding its unique voice and role.

Strategic Planning: Developing a strategic planning process that prioritizes efforts to partner with existing criminal justice advocacy groups, think tanks and legal experts so that the organization can remain focused on what it does best: elevating the voices of those most impacted by current criminal justice policies.

Execution Workplan: Creating a detailed execution plan that includes key metrics to inform the organization’s strategy.

Fundraising Plan: Building a fundraising plan that provides the organization with possible funders, potential roadblocks to funding, and concise messaging to share the organization’s mission and impact.

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Using the Voice of Philanthropy

A statewide health foundation has long supported public policy change through grants to advocacy organizations. It is contemplating whether to engage in advocacy directly through public education, educating lawmakers, and policy research. In this project, Platform Civic Strategies could offer:

Political Capital Assessment: Assessing the foundation’s political capital to determine when and how the foundation’s voice will matter most for policy change.

Gap Analysis: Interviewing foundation grantees to clarify what supports they need to advance their advocacy goals and which gaps the foundation can help fill.

Risk Evaluation: Working with key staff and the Board to gauge the foundation’s risk tolerance, which will shape the kinds of strategies and issues the foundation should consider.

Comprehensive Strategy Recommendation: Providing the foundation, based on the above research, with a recommendation for its advocacy, including parameters for its engagement that will maximize the foundation’s impact, honor the contribution of its partners, and respect the culture of the foundation.

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Sustaining Home Visitation Programs

A regional education foundation is making a multi-year investment in child home visitation. These evidence-based programs achieve consistently strong outcomes. A consortium of local nonprofits has emerged with an interest in developing a collaborative approach to home visitation. Platform Civic Strategies is engaged to develop strategies to support this effort and to ensure sustainability into the future. In this capacity, Platform Civic would offer:

Public Funding Assessment: Analyzing the various public funding streams available for home visitation programs and recommendations for building the program to compete for existing funding streams.

Policy Recommendation: Identifying specific public policies that would create new funding streams for home visitation programs, such as securing Medicaid reimbursement.

Communications Strategy: Developing a public policy and communications strategy for the effort so that its accomplishments are celebrated by both the public and lawmakers.

Grassroots Engagement: Recommending various strategies to generate grassroots support for the home visitation program, including mobilizing parents and families as advocates.

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