Strategists, Inc. is blessed to have some awesome, long-time clients who return again and again for service and support. That is something we’ve earned through hard work and going above and beyond for our clients, even when we aren’t currently on project for them. Our work spans the corporate, government, community and nonprofit sectors.
Please take some time to look through our case studies and the quotes from those we’ve served. We think you will be enjoy learning how we differ from other consultants. We don’t take this praise lightly and we continue to always focus on how to deliver outstanding results to those we serve.
Transforming Culture to Serve Community
CLIENT:Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice of the Florida Keys, Inc.
SI conducted quantitative research with employees, as well as qualitative research with referral audiences, former employees, donors and community leaders to assist this organization through its transition for the past year. From the research, SI developed and implemented a leadership and culture development program working with the senior managers of the organization for approximately six months, guiding the revitalization of the caring culture of this nonprofit home health and hospice provider. SI’s research provided critical insight to the board of directors and senior staff on operational issues that were affecting both the revenue and community perception of this long-standing organization. Guiding the organization’s board through board governance training and strategic planning facilitation, SI’s president was a trusted advisor in the recent redevelopment of the organization..
The organization’s management team developed a renewed commitment to mission, values and the focused teamwork to execute successfully together.
“After 31 years VNA Hospice of the Florida Keys underwent a huge transition, not only in management but in the very structure of our agency. Debbie Mason guided us every step of the way. Her advice, her work with our managers and staff and the board and the community led us from the feeling of jumping off a cliff in the beginning of this process to solid footing. All I can really say is Debbie was instrumental in transforming us in the best way possible.” – Richard Grusin, Chairman of the Board VNA Hospice of the Florida Keys
Inspiring a stronger nonprofit Monroe County
CLIENT: Community Foundation of the Florida Keys
Creating a stronger nonprofit community was the goal of the Leadership Success Academy, a series of training programs designed to engage board members in higher performance of their responsibilities. In its eighth year, this series continues to be instrumental in helping board members identify their own leadership styles and become more knowledgeable in servant leadership, governance, finance, development and strategic planning responsibilities. The program is offered by the Center for NonProfit Excellence of the Community Foundation of the Florida Keys in partnership with Strategists, Inc., the program facilitator and lead trainer.
Nonprofit boards and CEOs report improved knowledge and performance after completing the training program. The community now has a community standard for effective nonprofit board roles and responsibilities and dozens of nonprofit organizations are stronger thanks to the more than 300 participants completing the program.
“Debbie is a Servant Leader who is gracious, courageous, honest, a good listener, and she inspires groups and individuals to attain their very best. She represents our organization in a professional capacity and is the primary reason the program has been so successful.” – Dianna Sutton, CFRE, MA President and CEO Community Foundation of the Florida Keys
LEED-ing the nation’s cancer hospitals
CLIENT: UF & Shands
Charged with creating a strong common culture and focus to build the nation’s best LEED certified cancer hospital, SI worked with the client to integrate more than 150 members from various supplier teams into one cohesive unit. Throughout a three-year period, SI facilitated numerous team sessions, communications surveys and worked with the lead team members to create a focused culture, enhanced communications, streamlined operating system and bonding experience.
Together, that team built the nation’s best cancer hospital coming in 18 months ahead of schedule and saving $ mm dollars. The project received a number of industry accolades and is a model for others to follow. Now, we’re starting on a second project together.
“The guidance and team-building Debbie offered was a huge factor in our team’s successful ability to do what no other construction design team building a cancer center in the nation has accomplished – in terms of timing, effectiveness and savings in money.”
– Vice President Facilities for Shands & UF Brad Pollitt
Cheaper, better, faster research
CLIENT: Community Foundation of Broward
After several years of operations, the leadership team of the Nonprofit Resource Center of the Community Foundation of Broward wanted to measure the effectiveness of the Center’s efforts. CFB hired SI to assist in creating assessment tools and processes, analyze the data and report back with recommendations of actions.
SI worked with the CFB team to create a stronger process that actually cost less than the original path the CFB was considering for the project. The data gathering was instrumental in creating much needed new services.
“Hands down what motivates Debbie is results. She is results-driven. She could have charged us more and dragged the project out had she implemented it the way we had envisioned it. She was able to listen to us – and really understand the results we were seeking. She suggested a better way to tackle the job that got us the data we were looking for less time and money.” – CFB President and CEO Linda Carter
Road to Independence Starts Here
CLIENT: United Way of Broward County and Community Foundation of Broward
Transitional Independent Living Roadmap: This project involved convening many stakeholders to create a community plan for the continuum of care for those teens who age out of the foster care system. The Community Foundation and the United Way co-funded the yearlong community planning process which cast a light on a topic of concern and created actionable and realistic strategies that connected funders from many sectors.
The document became the guiding cornerstone for the foster care work targeting youth who age out of foster care in Broward County. Funders, service providers and state and local government systems utilized the plan to create a community-wide network of resources to assist vulnerable teens.
“As funders, we needed someone we could trust to manage multiple committees, add missing voices to the conversation and synthesize the data into manageable action items. We hired Debbie immediately because we knew people trusted her and she had the knowledge and experience to manage a complex project with so many participants.” – Community Foundation of Broward President and CEO Linda Carter
Raising dollars to raise a new roof
CLIENT: Florida Keys SPCA
Building a new animal shelter was paramount for the community of Key West and the Lower Keys in Florida. The Florida Keys SPCA desperately needed a safe, new facility free from rodents, flooding and a host of other woes. FKSPCA’s Board of Directors hired Strategists, Inc. to serve as the consultant for the $6 million dollar campaign to build and create an endowment for the community’s new shelter. Strategists, Inc. provided skill building training and support for prospect identification, research, and development strategies, as well strategic planning and board governance support for this nonprofit organization over a two-year period.
Working with the board, campaign committee, and executive director, the campaign goal will be realized by the end of 2015.
“The best thing our board ever did was to hire Debbie Mason as our campaign consultant, as her methodical process and follow-up kept our board focused throughout the campaign, which at times seemed a daunting, impossible goal to achieve, said Jane Dawkins, board president. “Debbie has also facilitated several strategic planning sessions for our organization and as a result, the Florida Keys SPCA is now a stronger, more professional, more confident entity, thanks to her guidance and expertise. We look forward to continuing our relationship with Strategists, Inc.”