Impact Alamance has identified the following consultants that can assist area nonprofits with capacity building.
- Leading and Governing Associates
- The Aycock Group
- Next Stage Consulting
- Roots to Canopy Consulting
- Nonprofit Evaluation Support Program at the University of NC at Greensboro (UNCG)
- AWA Grant Consulting Services, Inc.
Roots to Canopy Consulting
Roots to Canopy works with organizations of all sizes and experience levels to develop their outcomes and plan and implement their evaluations. Skills that grantees can take advantage of include:
- Plan facilitation: Engaging the organization’s team effectively and efficiently so the strongest outcomes and evaluation plan are developed.
- Evaluation approaches: Sharing a host of approaches and methods for carrying out an evaluation that is practical, valuable and credible.
- Capacity building: Strengthening the team’s capacity in key evaluation areas through engaging, relevant learning so that evaluation planning and implementation are effective.
- Mission and people focus: Committing to help an organization fulfill its mission and achieve its outcomes and appreciating the people who fuel this mission – both the organization’s staff and the communities it serves.
Roots to Canopy works in a very similar capacity with grantees of a Wake County youth-focused foundation, the John Rex Endowment. Roots to Canopy supports those grantees in developing or refining their program’s outcomes and in developing an evaluation plan that is right-sized and will yield them valuable insights and results. The consultancy can also conduct evaluations for and with nonprofits, providing ongoing opportunities to innovate and grapple with the realities of effectively integrating evaluation into the work of an organization.
Over the years, Roots to Canopy has consulted with many organizations, including nonprofit agencies, collectives, labor unions, foundations, government agencies and multilateral institutions. Much of this work has been with youth-serving organizations focusing on evaluation. Roots and Canopy’s principal co-founded a youth training and leadership organization, the Young Women’s Project. The principal also taught on public health education faculty at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and designed and taught courses in community assessment, program planning, program evaluation and quantitative data interpretation.
Roots to Canopy has consulted with nonprofits for 15 years. Prior to that, its founder was a nonprofit staff member for about 10 years.
Nonprofit Evaluation Support Program at the University of NC at Greensboro (UNCG)
NESP has experience in several areas, including:
- Education reform and interventions
- Career and college readiness
- Dropout prevention
- Student motivation and engagement
- Parent involvement
- Community health initiatives
- HIV/AIDS education
- Foster care
- Early childhood
- After-school programming
- Older adults and the arts
The program has assisted nonprofit and other community-based organizations with:
- Planning needs assessment processes (instrument development, sampling, data analyses);
- Searching for or developing instruments to evaluate implementation or impact of a program or service;
- Framing evaluation questions and picking the best methodology for the questions;
- Plans for collecting and analyzing quantitative and qualitative data;
- Improving databases to enable better reporting;
- Thinking about cost/benefit analyses for approaches under consideration;
- Building your internal capacity to evaluate your impact in the community; and
- Providing feedback on evaluation components of grant proposals.
Some of the NESP’s related engagements include:
- Logic model and evaluation plan for Barnabas Network
- Data audit for Music Academy of NC
- Data entry, data analysis, and feedback on instrument development for Backpack Beginnings
- Instrument development for Aging, Disability, and Transit Services
- Evaluation plan for Central Carolina Health Network
- Evaluations for National Center for Homeless Education, Jobs for the Future, North Carolina New Schools, North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, South Carolina Department of Education and Alabama Department of Education
NESP staff has more than 60 years combined experience in conducting program evaluations.
Karla C. Lewis, Ph.D.
Director of Evaluation Services
SERVE Center @ UNCG
Gateway University Research Park
5900 Summit Avenue, #201
Brown Summit, NC 27214
Office: (336) 315-7409
Toll-free: (800) 755-3277
Fax: (336) 315-7457
The Aycock Group
The Aycock Group has extensive experience facilitating organizational assessment, providing capacity building technical assistance, strategic planning and evaluation assistance with nonprofits across North Carolina.
Recent clients include the John Rex Endowment jointly with Wake County Health and Human Services, Ashe Services for Aging, and the N.C. Academy of Physician Assistants.
The Aycock Group has more than 17 years experience providing consulting services to nonprofit organizations of all sizes.
Leading and Governing Associates
Leading and Governing Associates has expertise in a number of areas, including:
- Organizational assessment and development
- Assessing organizational capacity
- Capacity building and technical assistance
- Board governance with nonprofit and elected boards, including strategic planning and navigation, fund development and diversification, community engagement and visioning, core values discernment, strategic thinking and communications, community visioning, public values framework, project evaluation, continuous improvement processes, quality assurance practices, outcome informed and evidence based practices, leadership development and coaching.
- Board development
- Board/executive director relationships
- Succession planning
Leading and Governing Associates has worked with a number of North Carolina organizations, including:
- Local North Carolina Smart Start Partnerships
- Alamance County Children’s Executive Oversight Committee
- North Carolina Partnership for Children
- Alamance Burlington Board of Education
- Durham Department of Social Services
- Duke Durham Neighborhood Partnership
- Orange County Schools Strategic Planning
- Alamance County Chamber of Commerce and Alamance-Burlington School System
- First Presbyterian and Westminster Presbyterian Churches; Durham, NC
- Interfaith Council for Social Services
- Beaird Family Foundation Grantees
The group has more than 25 years experience working with nonprofit and public purpose organizations at the local, state and federal levels.
Scottie Seawell, Vice President
Leading and Governing Associates, Inc.
106 Weathervane Drive
Carrboro, NC 27510
Office: (919) 918-7067
Cellular: (919) 260-0662
Next Stage Consulting
Josh Jacobson, Managing Director
Next Stage Consulting, LLC
Strategy and Implementation for Nonprofits
1235 East Blvd-E #229, Charlotte, NC 28203
AGWA Grant Consulting Services, Inc
Services: Grant Writing Assistance
John Porter, M.Ed., Ph.D., Certified Grant Writer®
Mailing Address: 13801 Walsingham Rd Ste A-410, Largo FL 33774