Challenge- The Agape House, which supports young Black and brown women transitioning out of foster care, and who are high risk for homelessness and trafficking, needed money.
Solutions- We conducted a communications audit which found overlooked strengths and partnership opportunities.
Results- Our recommendations helped the client attract a larger agency to build their capacity and increase funding.
"Lee is like a midwife in understanding what we need. She was so encouraging through this process. The strategic communications audit helped us coordinate our board and resources, which impressed donors."
Challenge- The NW philanthropic community is raising the bar on equity, diversity and inclusion outcomes for grant recipients. Puget Sound Grant Writers Association, (PSGA), wanted to help its members meet this expectation.
Solution- We designed and co-presented a training with Chanya Allen, entitled: “Writing About Equity with Confidence & Credibility”, to explore DEI ethics, best-practices, and impact. It included a facilitated panel discussion with BIPOC funding officers from local foundations.
Results- The event sold out and a follow-on was requested.
"Lee's training gave me invaluable insight into the subjects of equity and inclusion, and a depth of understanding that I desperately needed to be successful in my work. I have more confidence around the complex issues of racial justice and racial equity, and am grateful to her."
Challenge- "Teach us to swim, our children are drowning", said an American Muslim woman, in a meeting to fix lagging participation in WIC, the food assistance (WIC) program for children, after 9/11.
Solutions- We facilitated meetings with community leaders and staff to find solutions to improve community engagement.
Results- The Sister's Swim brought families back to the center, provided exercise, and created new partnerships. Still in operation today, the program quickly attracted funding, and Seattle Times and NPR Radio news spots. It has been replicated in other cities, and welcomes all females, while still meeting the modesty needs of many participants.
"Lee's facilitation work with the Muslim Sisters group was invaluable–once again. This was so much more than meets the eye. She helped us establish new strategic partners, which will expand our funding base and visibility."
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