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Affiliate Spotlight: RAND Strategic Solutions, LLC

Posted By Charlotte Gill, 3 hours ago

1. What is your business name?

RAND Strategic Solutions, LLC

 

2. What do you (or your business) specialize in?

We are a consulting firm that provides everyday solutions to a business’ everyday problems.  For nonprofits, we carry that an extra step and show you how to achieve the maximum impact in your community, creating a solid foundation on which to operate.  Whether it’s fine-tuning your mission and vision statements, developing SMART strategic goals, or creating measurable program outcomes, our job is to ensure your success!

 

3. How did you get started in consulting?

About five years ago, I had the opportunity to leave the corporate world and venture out on my own, creating RAND Strategic Solutions, LLC.  I have been able to work with a diverse slate of businesses, meet many interesting people, challenge my limits, and most importantly, help others be the best at what they do.

 

4. What are you really good at?

I excel at determining the root cause of an issue so I can develop the appropriate solution that resolves your pain points.  I tell it like it is and give you candid honesty.  My personal sweet spot is creating strategies that move the needle for your agency and help you identify those obstacles (risks) that will prevent your success.

 

5. What is your firm really good at?

RAND Strategic Solutions is really good at showing you how to operate your nonprofit like a business, finding that perfect balance between corporate world best practices and the mission of your nonprofit.  For example, every business should have:

·         Mission, vision, and values statements

·        Strategic goals and objectives (and what the risks are to not accomplishing them)

·         Measurable program outcomes

·         Fiscal accountability (yes, somebody needs to count the beans on a regular basis and know what they mean!)

·         Diversified cash flows (and which have the highest ROI)

·         An effective board of directors and adds value to your agency

·         An organizational structure that helps you run smoothly

Give us a call for a complimentary meeting to see how we can help you with these and other opportunities.

 

6. What do you do better than your rivals?

We focus specifically on the business aspect of your business.  While well versed in leadership development, corporate culture, organizational development, coaching, or toxicity in the workplace, these are people-based topics and solutions.  Of course, the people in your organization are your greatest and most important resource, and RAND Strategic Solutions makes sure your business model supports and complements your people.  Your business framework (backend operations, logistics, front office, marketing, development, etc.) needs to be effective and efficient in order to offer the best programs possible and achieve maximum impact in your community. 

 

7. Who are some of your clients?

Our clients have included a broad range of sectors such as academia, the visual and performing arts, interior design, home staging, digital marketing, product and promotional branding, health and wellness, and banking.  Some of our nonprofit clients are the Nonprofit Center of Northeast Florida, the Martin County Library System, Women Empowering Women, the Arts Council of Martin County, St. Mary’s Healing Center, CareBag, the Interagency Council of Martin County, and our own Nonprofits First.

 

8. What’s the most unique aspect of what you do?

I believe our uniqueness is the fact that we can take a complex situation or problem and transform it into a simple workable solution that is easily executable.

 

9. Who inspires you?

That’s a difficult question as it is hard to choose just one person.  I would say, however, that the philanthropic mindset of the people in Palm Beach and on the Treasure Coast humbles me.  There is so much generosity and outpouring in our communities as we try to address the multitude of issues people face on a daily basis.

 

10. What cause or mission is close to your heart?

We need to ensure people have access to the basics:  shelter, food, clothing, education, and healthcare.

 

11. What is your connection to the nonprofit community?

My connection to the nonprofit community started with the United Way of Atlanta, serving as a loaned executive for the annual campaign.  I worked on the combined Federal and state campaign and learned firsthand what huge needs we had in the community.  Ever since, I have tried to help close that gap.

 

12. How can organizations best reach you?

I can be reached via email at PaulH@randstrategicsolutions.com or by phone at 772.600.5529.  You can also check out our website at www.randstrategicsolutions.com

Tags:  Affiliate Consultant  Fundraising  Leadership  Nonprofit Philanthropy  Strategic Planning 

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Congratulations Rising Leaders Class of 2019!

Posted By Charlotte Gill, Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Twenty-two emerging leaders from nonprofits across Palm Beach County graduated from the Nonprofits First Rising Leaders program on Friday, June 14, 2019. Rising Leaders is the only local training of its kind, transforming emerging talent into the sector’s new generation of top leaders. Throughout the six-month experience, participants develop their leadership style in a supportive peer environment.

The group completed five service learning projects for the following organizations: Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida, Dress for Success Palm Beaches, Easter Seals Florida, the Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness, and El Sol, Jupiter’s Neighborhood Resource Center.

Congratulations Class of 2019!                              

C'jon Armstead, Quantum Foundation

Hallie Balbuena, Children's Home Society of Florida

Melinda Becker, Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League

Jose Catana Morales, Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League

Michelle Davis, Boys Town South Florida

Donna Denney, United Way of Palm Beach County

Crystal Dole, The Lord's Place Joshua Thrift Store

Trinea Freeman Martin, Area Agency on Aging

Saidy Garzon, Lake Worth West Resident Planning Group

Claudia Harrison, Compass, Inc.

Shakiyla Hart, The Lord's Place

Claudia Herrera, Center for Family Services of Palm Beach County

Alexis Howard, CAN Community Health

Jaime Joshi, Community Partners

Dolores Korf, Community Partners

Jacqueline Medina, Pine Ridge Holistic Living Center

Kayla Morton, Nonprofits First

Rose Newbold, Prime Time Palm Beach County

Leandra Silfa, Adopt-A-Family

Iris Soto, Families First of Palm Beach County

Odessa Walker, Housing Partnership, Inc dba Community Partners

Krissy Webb, Student ACES

Tags:  Leadership  Professional Development  Rising Leaders 

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Affiliate Spotlight: AHA! Business Consulting

Posted By Charlotte Gill, Monday, April 22, 2019

1. What is your business name?  

AHA! Business Consulting

 

2.  What do you (or your business) specialize in?

Reducing your employee turnover by helping you to hire right and set your team members up for success.

 

3. How did you get started in consulting?  

Our founder, Andrea Hoffer, started her career in Higher Education Administration, where she worked with college students to help them to develop leadership skills and skills to be successful in the work world.  After 15 years, she left higher ed to open a spa with 35 employees and learned first-hand the challenges of finding and keeping the right team members for your business or organization.  AHA! was originally born out of a need from college campuses looking for an outside consultant to facilitate workshops for their team leadership for the purpose of improving team communication and negotiating change.  Andrea’s unique background in Higher Education and business was a good fit for their needs.  Later, AHA! Business Consulting expanded to working with both nonprofit organizations and for-profit businesses.

 

4. What are you really good at?

We give you the tools and support you need for continued growth and improvement.  Our focus is not just on hiring right or team development.  It is how each piece fits together to create a positive culture and successful team.  Each of our clients have a specific need in mind when they contact us.  We meet them where they are with a service or workshop that will start to address their immediate need, but we don’t just stop there.  Once we begin to understand our client’s long term goals and needs, we become partners in their on-going success.  Each of our clients receive an action plan for next steps we can help them with or simple actions they can take on their own to continue the growth.

 

5. Who are some of your clients?  

Nonprofits First-We have facilitated team workshops for their leadership team.  We also have facilitated an Everything DiSC Workshop for the Rising Leaders the last four years.  The Milagro Center.  Quantum Foundation.  These are some of the nonprofits we have worked with.  We also have worked with for-profit businesses like The Salt Suite, European Wax, Cold Stone Creamery.

 

6. What’s the most unique aspect of what you do?  

We take an educational approach. We teach our clients to fish instead of fishing for them. We provide tools, services and training that our clients can use as they grow and develop their team. 

 

7.  What is your connection to the nonprofit community?  

Our Founder, Andrea, came from the nonprofit world of Higher Education.  She also led a nonprofit theater in Atlanta, GA for a couple of years.  Working with nonprofit organizations has always held a special place in her heart- especially when the organizational mission involves education or the arts.  

 

8. How can organizations best reach you?  

We can be reached at 561.829.5611 or info@ahabusinessconsulting.com.

Tags:  Affiliate Consultant  Cultivate  Leadership  Membership  Professional Development 

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Member Spotlight: Women’s Foundation of Florida & Philanthropy Tank

Posted By Charlotte Gill, Monday, March 25, 2019

Nonprofits First offers many services to the nonprofit community – including the ability to rent space in our West Palm Beach office.

 

Two organizations are taking advantage of that, using our space to maximize the opportunity to be “next door” to our many educational workshops.

 

Those two agencies are: Women’s Foundation of Florida and Philanthropy Tank.

 

They are the focus of our March member spotlight.

 

 

Women’s Foundation of Florida and Philanthropy Tank have different missions, but they have many similarities. They are both small but mighty organizations looking to grow.

 

We asked the staff of both organizations to tell us about their organizations and why they support Nonprofits First.

 

1) Explain briefly how your organization helps people in Palm Beach County/South Florida.

 

Judith Selzer, co-founder and president of Women’s Foundation of Florida: The Women’s Foundation of Florida empowers women and girls to be leaders so we can change the world. Our leadership programs and micro-grants invest in challenging the status quo, lifting up innovative ideas and leaning into the magic of women’s vision for the world around us. Check us out at WomensFoundationFL.org.

 

Mathew Avila, project assistant at Philanthropy Tank: The Philanthropy Tank is an organization that challenges, empowers, and equips the next generation of CHANGEmakers in grades 8-12 to develop and implement a sustainable social service, activism, or entrepreneurship idea that aims to solve a problem in the community.

 

We have over 20 active projects that cover a vast range of topics. One of our 2018 winners, Surface 71, aims to reduce plastic use, improve marine habitats, and advocate that water is life. This past month, Surface 71 successfully lobbied to eliminate plastic straws and stirrers at local businesses and restaurants in West Palm Beach. Their success has even earned them a private tour of the White House and the U.S. Capitol by Senator Marco Rubio.

 

Some of our most recent 2019 winners include groups like the Mayan Girls and Code Autism. The Mayan Girls are a group of young women that translate and market important content relating to health, severe weather, and community updates from English and Spanish to various indigenous Mayan languages in the Lake Worth area. Code Autism is a project that teaches computer programming classes to autistic children from the Els Center for Autism. These are just a fraction of the numerous projects that the Philanthropy Tank has helped support in the past four years. In total, the Philanthropy Tank has impacted over 300,000 lives in Palm Beach County through the various CHANGEmaker programs. Check us out at philanthropytank.org

 

 

2) Why did you decide to be housed in the office of Nonprofits First? What’s the advantage of being there?

 

Judith Selzer: We are thrilled to utilize office space and technical assistance from Nonprofits First because this is an organization that reflects our values and mission. We both believe in public service, leadership and collaboration. It’s a perfect fit!

 

Mathew Avila: The Nonprofits First family recognizes what it takes to construct and maintain an organization that is only starting to bury its roots into the ground. Since the Philanthropy Tank is a young organization, it makes complete sense that we surround ourselves with experienced professionals who know how to develop nonprofits.

 

Over the past two years, the Philanthropy Tank staff has attended numerous informational and collaborative workshops. We walk away with innovative tools and advice from these workshops that make all the difference in the world. The variety of topics covered is endless. Sharing an office with Nonprofits First is a wonderful experience.

 

If your nonprofit has a great story to tell, contact Charlotte Gill at Nonprofits First: 561-910-3891 or cgill@nonprofitsfirst.org.

Tags:  Charities  Collaborations  Cultivate  Leadership  Membership  Nonprofit 

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Member Spotlight: Digital Vibez

Posted By Charlotte Gill, Wednesday, January 30, 2019

January Spotlight: Digital Vibez

Making the world a better place - isn't that what nonprofits are all about? 

Digital Vibez certainly thinks so. Over the years, this nonprofit in Palm Beach County has literally made thousands of underserved children move toward a healthier lifestyle.

Along the way, the agency won our 2018 Hats Off Nonprofit Awards for “Nonprofit of the Year (Small category).” And they were one of the shining stars in our 101 For The 501 program in 2017.

And so, Digital Vibez is our January spotlight.

 

After a group of young people held him up at gunpoint and robbed him, Wilford Romelus set out on a new mission in life. With his skills in technology and his brother’s skills in dancing, Romelus decided it was time to put their experience to work and give young people a more meaningful, less destructive avenues to express their emotions. 

 

That is how Digital Vibez was born.   

 

“So many kids get into trouble because they can’t express their feelings,” Romelus said. “I knew one of the kids who robbed me and I knew if we can change the way he expresses himself, he can make better choices.”

 

Romelus, his brother, Wilbert, and other supporters began organizing a variety of activities and classes for children with the goal of maintaining a healthy and well-balanced lifestyle. Their focus was to serve all of Palm Beach County, concentrating particularly in the zip codes marked as high-risk by Children's Services Council of Palm Beach County.

 

The thinking was, by giving youth an opportunity to express themselves in a safe place, they would channel their emotions away from destructive behaviors.

 

It worked.

 

In the past eight years, Digital Vibez has partnered with after-school and community organizations to deliver engaging fitness, computer literacy, mentoring, and other programs to many thousands of children. Its messages are aligned with countywide health and wellness initiatives promoted through the Palm Beach County School District, the Florida Department of Health Palm Beach, and other affiliated organizations.

 

The group’s wellness workshops have expanded from 10 sites in 2015 to 20 sites in 2017. And the organization’s annual revenue increased from $50,000 in 2014 to close to $400,000 in 2017/18.

 

In addition to the Hats Off Nonprofit Awards, Digital Vibez has also received the Champion Award from Diabetes Coalition of Palm Beach County.

 

And one more thing: the number of steps children have taken collectively through the fitness and other programs has exceeded 2.6 million.

 

The success came largely from Romelus’ passion for connecting with children. Romelus, who is 32, was born in Haiti and grew up in rural Immokalee, Florida. He had always wanted to better his community.

 

Digital Vibez also took off because of support from funders and other donors. In addition, it helped that Romelus learned many strategies for running a nonprofit by completing Nonprofit First’s 101 For The 501 program, which is targeted for nonprofit start-ups.

 

“Many kids imitate what they see and we just need to give them better choices,” he said.

 

Learn more about Digital Vibez here.

 

And to truly understand their programs, check out one of their videos here.

 

If you want Nonprofits First to spotlight your nonprofit, please contact Charlotte Gill, our director of development and business strategies, here.

 

 

Tags:  Charities  Leadership  Membership  Nonprofit  Storytelling 

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