Sometimes when people ask us about organizational wellness and/or organizational development, we’ve got a short answer and a long answer.
Short answer: It’s taking a system-based, solution-focused approach to consulting.
Long answer: When you start struggling to get sleep, doesn’t it affect your mood, thinking patterns, physical energy levels, and more? Would you want your doctor to just give you a sleeping pill or to also investigate what else might be going on? When your client tells you about a struggle, don’t you ask questions to learn about and address their environment or social supports?
It’s all interconnected at your organization, too. You can’t make a financial decision, a tech decision, a grant decision (you get the picture) without it having an impact on clients, programs, and staff. You can’t make a staff, program, or client decision without it affecting your marketing and communication.
And that’s the long story of what we do! Our team will talk with your team to learn about how a particular aspect of your organization is operating, learn about your tools, your spending, your goals, and develop an action-based plan leveraging your team’s current skills and organizational assets that will help you get there.
It also results in better programs and services for your clients. YES – having a strategy results in a more significant impact, which is why it’s something we prioritize when working with our organizational clients.
The basic outline of creating your grant strategy looks like this:
Our clients have discovered that by taking these steps, their “stress scramble” is significantly less. They have a better sense of which program they will apply to first, which funder fits which program, and are able to manage their time better around these tasks.
They’ve also found that when they need to outsource their grant writing, they have everything their grant writer needs to be successful.
As an agency who got their start doing grant writing, we can tell you how tense it gets when we have to keep prompting the hiring agency for documentation or explanations. Please, please avoid this.
If you decide you need to write the grant yourself, consider using our workbook or self-paced course as resource guides.
Feedback is different than proofing in that our team reviews the material. It provides a rubric that scores the various parts of the proposal you shared with us and the core takeaways your reader needs to ensure a solid submission to your funder. Along with your rubric score, we’ll provide feedback on what you did well and how you can continue to improve the proposal.
Proofing is a service that will check and suggest not only content improvements but techincal things such as grammer and character counts.
This space is for you if are writing a grant and/or working on a larger strategy. This group is for novices looking for direction as well as experienced people looking for quality feedback and new ideas. Either way, the purpose of this community is to…
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This community is a place to support, encourage and learn from others! Keep it positive, helpful, and respectful. Personal attacks, trolling, bullying, and abuse don’t belong here (or anywhere!), and anyone with this behavior will be removed. If you don’t think someone is engaging in good faith, report it to us via email instead of responding, and we’ll handle it. Stay focused on professional growth when you’re here! Let’s enjoy this space, encourage each other, band together, and be successful doing what we love!
You can read about the standard process of building in the milestones below, but let’s talk about a few terms.
Hosting is where your website lives. Websites actually live on servers, along with the data on or submitted to the website.
Domains are the address for the website. Sometimes they look like an “IP Address” (199.00.000.00), but much more commonly they look like a URL (https://kovir.org).
Security Certificates (SSL) is seen as a lock before the URL and/or the “s” in “https.”
UI – User interface is about the structure and design of something – anything! A plane, a building, and yes, your website.
UX – User experience is a newer term used only for digital spaces and it is founded on the concept of human centered design (akin to person-centered work). User experience is about the journey, the feelings, the desire to come back.
We consider all of this when designing your site. We’ll add features and plugins where it will be helpful, and we will remove things that are causing negative experiences for your interface.
We also like to have your users test out the site and provide feedback. We’ve found that getting the ideal user USING the space just makes sense but is often skipped.
And finally, we run a complimentary ADA compliance and accessibility test on your dreams-come-true site. Inclusion is high on our values, and in some cases it’s the law – either way, we have you covered.
You can read about our Human-Centered Design approach above. Here are some milestones to expect in this process: