CLS’ Organizational Development Efforts: May 2018

In the final year of its five-year strategic plan, CLS is taking steps to develop a new plan — and to build new tools to communicate the value of our work to audiences including funders, community members, clients, and policymakers.

On April 30, we released a request for proposals (RFP) seeking bids from consultants to facilitate a new strategic planning process during the second half of 2018.  We’re looking for a plan that is ambitious and actionable — immediately helpful, tied to clear timelines and benchmarks, and feasible given our projected budget. As the RFP makes clear, part of the application process calls for consultants to explain clearly how they’re going to engage staff in the process.

At the same time, we already know that we need to invest in better communications tools, in part so that we can do a better job of raising funds from individual donors and foundations. That’s why, on May 1, we went live with a revamped version of our website, and it’s why we’ve released an RFP seeking a communications consultant to help us improve our messaging and build new communications tools. (Happily, the new website was free, and we’re working hard at raising new capacity-building funds so that we can make these investments without diverting resources from program services.)

We’ll be looking to every staff person to contribute to these efforts, but you don’t need to wait until you’re asked! Anyone with ideas and feedback on anything from website content to strategic planning process should contact Josh.