Team IMPACT is an organization that matches chronically ill youth with college athletic teams for friendship, mentoring and inspiration. In September 2016, five years into the organization’s life, Team IMPACT found themselves in a “breakout” moment- feeling ready to solidify who they are and who they can be as an organization, versus who they were in their infancy. What started as a singular commitment to improving the quality of life for sick children had expanded to a model that offers real and lasting value to athletes and athletic communities. The organization’s new CEO, Seth Rosenzweig, needed help capturing the opportunity and translating it into one that resonated with stakeholders and paved a path for future growth. Team IMPACT hired Mission Partners to support the development of a strategic plan – including defining a new Mission and Vision, conducting perception research, defining a set of SMART goals, and fleshing out a 3-5-year strategic plan that will guide the organization’s activities and messages into the future. During Phase 1 of the project, Carrie and Carolyn conducted market research through IDI’s (In-Depth Interviews) and identified the key differentiators from other similar organizations in the marketplace so that Team IMPACT was positioned to lead with its unique assets. We led the staff in a planning exercise that identified a critical, unmet need – to develop and implement a Theory of Change for the delivery of a complex set of services, with an outside evaluator. With its model codified, Mission Partners was brought back for Phase 2 of the engagement, kicking off by facilitating a strategic planning retreat that yielded five key strategic initiatives that will propel Team IMPACT forward. As we finish Phase 2 of the process, Carolyn and Carrie are leading the team in fleshing out the key actions within the strategic plan that the organization will undertake in the next 3 years, putting meat on the bones in such areas as building regional staff infrastructure, planned growth, communications and marketing, model implementation, and growing the financial resources to ensure that thousands of children with chronic and life threatening illnesses and the athletes who serve them live a life of hope and purpose.
What Clients Are Saying
“With Mission Partners, I feel like I am part of the team, and they’re definitely part of mine. I get to learn from them every day, and they appreciate learning from me in order to do their job well. Really, I feel like I am part of a family.”
“Carrie has a great sense for how to teach people. She doesn’t stop at developing messaging, but she shows people how to use it.”
“Carrie and Carolyn are a brilliant match. They bring their respective strengths together for good and the marrying of their two skill sets under one roof allows for a truly unique perspective.”
“Mission Partners has a certain stick-to-itiveness that I really appreciate. Keeping us on track, getting what you need, holding us accountable. It’s not easy to do, but Mission Partners does this flawlessly.”
“Mission Partners employs a degree of thoughtfulness and intellectual investment that exceeds my typical experience with other consultants.”
“Carolyn and her team were fantastic. Mission Partners has a wealth of knowledge around corporate social responsibility, best practices for companies working with non-profits, and for banks, especially, around the Community Reinvestment Act. In addition, they had great ideas for creating and rolling out volunteer and board service programs that we can efficiently implement. We would definitely recommend working with Mission Partners!”
“Together, Carrie and Carolyn bring a powerful combination of disciplined expertise and creative problem-solving to any organization seeking to achieve its full potential.”
“Mission Partners has been an amazing partner… great listeners and brilliant strategists. They took the time to get to know our programs and our strategic objectives, and they created opportunities for us that perfectly fit with our goals and that we never could have made happen on our own. Carrie and her team are geniuses at leveraging modest investments for maximum returns. They are among the most genuine, friendly, and conscientious professionals we’ve worked with in our twenty-two year existence.”
“It was refreshing to watch how you were able to take all of our ideas, and organize them into a unified vision. When Mission Partners [was recommend to] me, frankly I didn’t know what to expect…. But after seeing you guys in action, we would be lost without you.”
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