KATE’S APPROACH

Kate proudly partners with nonprofit organizations to discover opportunities to enhance organizational capacity. Her approach centers around a concept she has developed: Embedded Strategy Organizations. These organizations maintain focus on strategic priorities aligned to their organizational mission within ongoing operations and activities. Rather than pausing to plan, they engage their network and resources to create impact toward their mission and goals through strong structures and systems designed to achieve long term stability and proactive governance. Embedded strategy organizations cultivate an intentional culture and practices to reflect their mission and core values. Each organization reflects a clear mission, engaged network and strong structures. Kate created a simple tool to explore your own opportunities to enhance Embedded Strategy. The tool can help identify areas of strength and opportunities for growth.

Kate’s work is grounded in nonprofit governance best practice, informed by current research, and connected to each unique organization and the community they serve. Blending her legal perspective, nonprofit experience, and embedded strategy approach, Kate works with her clients to enhance internal capacity in each project no matter how large or small.

I have a dedicated Board who were struggling to organize as a cohesive team. Like many boards they take their responsibilities to the organization seriously and they value their relationships with each other. Sometimes their work requires engaging in healthy conflict and this was very difficult, but they were committed to developing their strategic thinking, discussion and decision making skills. Kate created the structure and safety for necessary discussion to take place, prepared us for and facilitated that discussion, and allowed all voices to be heard and vital decisions to be made. Kate leaves us with resources that are a foundation for our ongoing development, and she is available as trusted and knowledgeable sounding board for all manner of nonprofit governance issues.

Ailsa WonnacottExecutive DirectorThe Association for Community Living (ACL)