We Serve Nonprofits and Foundations

The social sector is on the front line, serving people and communities with innovative solutions to the most pressing problems. Mission Partners helps build the capacity of nonprofits and foundations to make a bigger difference, by helping to build strong governance and leadership, refining program delivery and impact, effectively engaging stakeholders, collaborating with other sectors, communicating with impact and meaningfully engaging their publics to deliver their mission.

Strategic Visioning and Planning

We serve as stewards of your strategic plan. We listen carefully to your challenges, we bring an understanding and added perspective on your issues, and we bring big, breakthrough ideas that have a clear road map to execution. Through it all, we serve as invested members of your team, helping to drive your mission forward through smart strategic and executive counsel.

  • Mission and Vision Development
  • Strategic Planning and Consultation
  • SMART Goal setting
  • Executive Counsel and Coaching
  • Evaluation and Measurement Design
  • Stakeholder Buy-In

Communications and Positioning

We help organizations find the right words that get to the heart of why they matter, in ways that compel people to act. We are your speechwriters, your communications counsel, your media strategists and your executive team’s secret weapon. We help you develop your most compelling messages, we test and refine to ensure the right messages are heard, and we help you prepare to deliver those messages in public forums through message and presentation training. Most of all, we know how to break down complicated issues for critical audiences, and we know how to bring your messages to life through print and digital platforms.

  • Communications Audits
  • Perception Research
  • Audience Research
  • Branding
  • Case Statement Development
  • Cause Marketing Campaign Development
  • Strategic Media Relations
  • Online Engagement
  • Public Policy

Stakeholder Engagement and Programming

We work with nonprofits and foundations to better engage their stakeholders to amplify success. To do this, we help you assess and improve your programming and measure impact. We serve as matchmakers for nonprofits and corporations seeking partnerships that advance their common interests, and help you design programs that resonate with new audiences.

  • Program assessment, design and delivery
  • Partner assessment and recommendations
  • Activation of current, potential, and new partners
  • Pitches to corporations and foundations
  • Strategic relationships, multi-sector collaboration
  • Managing grants and pass-through grants
  • Evaluation and impact design

Capacity Building

We believe that one of the most important measures of our work is leaving every organization stronger and more equipped to thrive than we found it. In order to accomplish this, we share the best of what we’ve learned in working with hundreds of resource-strapped nonprofits over the last decade to build the capacity of your Board and your team.

  • Governance and leadership review
  • Board development
  • Organizational design
  • Board and staff training: fundraising, networking, influence, communications
  • Professional development: personal brand development
  • Intensive coaching for emerging leaders and staff development
  • CEO performance reviews

We Serve Community-Minded Corporations

Forward-leaning corporations understand that today’s customers want more from the brands they frequent than simply a good product. With an endless array of options for where to spend their dollars, customers want to align with companies that are authentically engaged in the business of improving society. At Mission Partners, we work with community-minded companies to help them develop strategies for maximizing the return on investment for their CSR programs, including philanthropy, employee engagement, cause marketing, and strategic partnerships.

Strategic visioning and planning

Mission Partners helps corporations create authentic community impact. We listen carefully to your company’s objectives, and help you define a CSR business case and strategic plan that generates “triple bottom line” benefit for your company, its employees, and the communities you serve. We help you choose or refine focus areas and bring big, breakthrough ideas that have a clear roadmap to execution. Through it all, we act as invested members of your team, helping to drive your mission forward through smart strategic and executive counsel.

  • Mission and Vision
  • Business case development
  • Focus area selection
  • SMART Goals
  • Outcome measurement
  • Employee surveys

Communications and Positioning

We help corporations find the right words that get to the heart of why they invest in creating social impact and the difference it is making. When it comes to your CSR, we are your speechwriters, your communications counsel, your media strategists and your executive team’s secret weapon. We help you develop your most compelling internal and external messages, determine which events and conferences are most influential, and prepare to deliver those messages in public forums through message and presentation training. Most of all, we know how to break down complicated issues for critical audiences, and we know how to bring your messages to life through print and digital platforms.

  • Communications and CSR Brand Audits
  • Perception Research
  • Audience Research
  • Awards and Recognition
  • Competitive Research
  • CSR Reporting
  • Conference and event recommendations

Stakeholder Engagement

We work with corporations to better engage their stakeholders in CSR that generates demonstrable business and community outcomes. To do this, we help you design and execute philanthropy, volunteerism and customer engagement programs that respond to your company’s business context and make a measurable difference in communities that are important for your success..

  • Program assessment
  • Innovative program and partnership design
  • Grant programs, grant management and grant proposal review
  • Volunteer, employee & executive engagement
  • Customer engagement programs
  • Nonprofit board placements
  • Corporate Foundations

Capacity Building

We believe that one of the most important measures of our work is leaving every organization stronger and more equipped to thrive than we found it. In order to accomplish this, we share the best of what we’ve learned in working with Fortune 500 companies over the last decade to build the capacity of your team and your internal stakeholders.

  • Organizational design
  • CSR infrastructure review
  • Understanding and managing corporate foundations
  • Team and employee training – The Business Case for CSR, Foundation Regulations, Networking, Influence, Public Speaking