Why choose SoarMCG consultant services to help your nonprofit?
- SoarMCG consultants offer expertise honed by years of experience in demanding management careers in business, academia, government and non-profits.
- SoarMCG consultants have experience working collaboratively with Boston area nonprofits on strategic plans, business plans, board development, marketing plans, organizational assessment and planning, policies and procedures, strategic plans, volunteer recruitment and management and other projects.
- SoarMCG builds outcome definition and measurement into its consulting practices and engagement methodology. We believe in ‘helping nonprofits thrive’ and, therefore, we believe in being accountable for our work.
- SoarMCG consultants have the available time and flexibility to devote to a project, ensuring a thorough, thoughtful, and time-efficient engagement.
Responsive to the needs of Greater Boston’s nonprofits, SoarMCG accepts clients on a rolling application basis so that we are ready to help when you need us. And, SoarMCG offers its services on a pro bono basis.
What qualifies a nonprofit for SoarMCG consulting services?
SoarMCG considers the mission and leadership commitment by the Staff and Board of Directors of an organization to be paramount in qualifying for a consulting project rather than the organization’s size or financial position.
What is the application process?
A prospective client completes our online Request for Services (RFS) form. SoarMCG then contacts the applicant to schedule a 30-minute telephone interview with one of our senior staff. If the telephone interview indicates that there is a good match between the applicant’s needs and our capabilities, SoarMCG will arrange an in-person meeting at the applicant’s place of business.
A SoarMCG Project Coach and one or more of our consultants will attend the meeting with the objective of ensuring that we have a solid understanding of the applicant’s needs and commitment to a consulting initiative and to ensure that SoarMCG can position the resources and expertise to respond effectively and meet those needs. SoarMCG then asks the applicant to review and sign a copy of our Consulting Engagement Guidelines (which outline our project management approach and thoughts on “Best Practices”) to indicate their intent to begin a consulting project with SoarMCG.
How is the project managed?
SoarMCG assigns a Project Coach and identifies a Project Team with one member who serves as the liaison between the team and the client – the “Team Project Coordinator” or TPC. The Project Team meets with the client to mutually define and agree upon the project’s scope, work products, and desired outcomes. This understanding is formalized in a Consulting Agreement. A project Work Plan - outlining the principle activities, work product delivery dates, and overall project timeframe – is also mutually developed and attached to the Consulting Agreement at this time.
In our approach, the Project Team represents SoarMCG and is the continuing and regular connection for the client with our program during the consulting project. The assigned Project Coach, however, also has a key role. The Project Team stays in regular communication with the coach who, in addition to reviewing key documentation and work product(s), serves as resource to the Project Team providing advice and assistance as needed. The Project Coach is also available to the client at any time upon request and will check-in with the client periodically.
The project is closed with the conduct of a post-project evaluation, and a 12-month follow-up.