Past Consulting Engagements

Since 2012, PennPAC has completed 100+ pro bono consulting projects in New York CityPhiladelphia, and the San Francisco Bay Area. PennPAC works with nonprofit clients to design a customized project in one of these areas:

  • Strategic analysis and growth planning
  • Marketing, messaging and communications strategies
  • Program analysis
  • Accounting and finance review
  • Funding strategies, including earned income opportunities
  • Board development strategy, including junior boards

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ClientTopicYearLocationDescription
Fix Our FeralsMarketing Strategy2020Bay AreaPennPAC Bay Area helped their client select a new name - Veterinary Access - that betters reflect their broadened scope of services for cats and dogs in San Francisco's East Bay. They also assisted with new mission and vison statements as well as a communications plan.
Mission BitMarketing Strategy2020Bay AreaPennPAC Bay Area designed a streamlined data acquisition and management system to track Mission Bit's alumni and developed targeted communication and engagement strategies for supporting and connecting them.
The Always Dream FoundationMarketing Strategy2020Bay AreaPennPAC Bay Area created a Parental Resource Guide for The Always Dream Foundation's website that includes best practices for developing early childhood literacy in the home. Additionally, the team developed a framework for training beneficiary families on the Foundation's virtual communications platforms.
Casita MariaMarketing Strategy2020NYPennPAC designed a mass communication strategy to more effectively reach various stakeholder groups in the near and long term.
Democracy Prep Public SchoolGrowth Planning2020NYPennPAC evaluated Democracy Prep's near-to-peer advising program, including the staffing and delivery model necessary to support an increasing number of recent graduates.
Diaspora Community ServicesProgram Analysis2020NYMini Project: PennPAC helped Diaspora Community Services to establish data collection processes for their program areas so they can better communicate their results to external stakeholders.
Fast Feet NYCGrowth Planning2020NYMini Project: PennPAC worked with Fast Feet NYC to develop a strategy for geographic expansion.
Flatbush Development CorporationBoard Development Strategy2020NYPennPAC provided recommendations to FDC on how to establish a Junior Board to engage a younger constituency.
Green Worker CooperativesFinancial Analysis2020NYMini Project: PennPAC provided GWC with best practices in the areas of operations, financial systems, and funding opportunities.
PennPACGrowth Planning2020NYThe PennPAC for PennPAC project yielded recommendations that will have further refine our road map for how we can increase our capacity and improve our sustainability.
Row NYGrowth Planning2020NYPennPAC explored the viability of creating an Adaptive Rowing League, (programs for patients doing physical rehab) and created a framework for assessing the cost effectiveness of other revenue generating programs
Slice Out HungerGrowth Planning2020NYMini Project: PennPAC created a plan to build organizational infrastructure that included guidance on board guidelines, operations, communications, and engagement.
Terra FirmaGrowth Planning2020NYPennPAC developed recommendations for Terra Firma on how to replicate their program model and provided guidance on a funding strategy compatible with this effort.
Upper Manhattan Empowerment ZoneGrowth Planning2020NYPennPAC advised UMEZ on strategies to procure capital for loan funding and identified institutions in the banking sector to target.
Urban Green CouncilGrowth Planning2020NYPennPAC developed a road map to expand Urban Green Council's Green Professional (GPRO) offering, a national training program that teaches the principles of sustainability and trade-specific green construction & maintenance.
Smith Memorial Playground and PlayhouseGrowth Planning2020PhiladelphiaPennPAC Philadelphia provided Smith Playground with recommendations on how to increase their member enrollment and engagement.
San Francisco AchieversGrowth Planning2019Bay AreaPennPAC Bay Area gave SFA the tools to evaluate growth and possible expansion within SFUSD in the face of the dramatically changing demographics of SF.
Black Women's BlueprintMarketing Strategy2019NYPennPAC helped BWB to develop a Corporate Marketing Strategy.
Brownsville Community Justice CenterGrowth Planning2019NYPennPAC provided BCJC with a plan to guide the expansion of its Neighborhood Hub's training and job placement programming.
Center for Family LifeGrowth Planning2019NYPennPAC determined the optimal market for CFL's Brightly cooperative expansion and developed a replicable framework to be leveraged for future growth.
GallopNYCFunding Strategy2019NYPennPAC provided GallopNYC with recommendations on how to diversify their revenue streams.
Institute for Career DevelopmentProgram Analysis2019NYMini Project: PennPAC identified gaps in veteran employment services and provided recommendations to build ICD's veteran employment program.
JumpstartMarketing Strategy2019NYMini Project: PennPAC provided research and recommendations to help Jumpstart improve its marketing strategy to develop new corporate sponsorships.
Mentor New YorkGrowth Planning2019NYPennPAC helped Mentor New York assess the different ways to provide additional youth with mentors.
Queens CollegeFunding Strategy2019NYMini Project: PennPAC provided recommendations to increase revenue from Queen College's parking services.
Sunnyside Community ServicesMarketing2019NYPennPAC developed a positioning strategy to increase referrals to Sunnyside's home-care services.
The Legal Aid SocietyOrganizational Structure2019NYPennPAC identified new markets and provided recommendations to LAS to update the scope of its consumer debt services.
The Liberty FundBoard Development Strategy2019NYPennPAC helped TLF to develop a strategy to create an Associate Board that can leverage their own social networks to increase fundraising and visibility.
Community Child Care Council (4Cs) of Alameda CountyFinancial Analysis2018Bay AreaPennPAC provided a finance strategy for 4Cs of Alameda County to initiate and run an internal incubator program.
R.O.C.K.Web/Social Media2018Bay AreaPennPAC reviewed R.O.C.K.’s current social media channels and created a comprehensive social media strategy and plan for the organization.
Exalt YouthReplication/Growth2018NYMini Project: PennPAC helped identify new and expanded internship opportunities for Exalt’s students, particularly in the STEM fields.
GMHCMarketing2018NYGMHC sought PennPAC’s assistance to update their marketing and messaging strategy to communicate their updated value proposition to key stakeholders.
Grace InstituteProgram Evaluation2018NYPennPAC provided assistance to assess the impact of rapidly changing technology on key sectors for Grace's graduates and made recommendations to update their training curriculum.
Horizons NationalReplication/Growth2018NYPennPAC developed a growth plan to identify attractive opportunities and provide recommendations around organizational structure and governance for Horizons National's affiliate expansion.
ITACWeb/Social Media2018NYMini Project: As a follow up to the website development project undertaken by the PennPAC team during the Spring 2018 project cycle, this project focused on Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and related activities.
ITACWeb/Social Media2018NYPennPAC assisted ITAC with a web redesign strategy that included an updated design, positioning, and messaging that reflected best practices and communicated the organization’s expanded services into high tech advanced manufacturing initiatives.
LIFTMarketing2018NYPennPAC developed a marketing strategy to update LIFT’s brand positioning and communications to reflect recent initiatives that have expanded the scope and scale of their services.
New York Junior LeagueProgram Evaluation2018NYPennPAC helped NYJL to develop an impact measurement strategy for a representative selection of programs that would serve as a roadmap to replicate across the organization.
Pace UniversityFinancial Analysis2018NYPennPAC provided an assessment of the opportunity to leverage Pace’s underutilized real estate assets, primarily residence halls, and developed a high-level implementation plan for entering these markets. Earned income from the plan will assist in funding student-centered initiatives while offsetting tuition increases.
The Floating HospitalMarketing2018NYPennPAC developeda digital marketing strategy to promote a health clinic in Astoria Queens based on a comprehensive demographic review of the neighborhood.
American Cancer SocietyMarketing2018PhiladelphiaPennPAC helped the Society create a plan to promote its services to the general public with special emphasis on their Daffodil Days program.
Fairmount Park ConservancyMarketing2018PhiladelphiaPennPAC helped create a business, operations, and marketing plan for the Conservancy's Gifts for All Seasons program.
HorizonsReplication/Growth2018PhiladelphiaPennPAC developed a roadmap for growth for Horizons in the Philadelphia area, focusing on the organizational dynamics and structure of expanding the program into more schools; establishing growth milestones; assessing the costs and benefits of branding locally vs. nationally; and researching the most effective ways to raise local funds in support of the expansion.
Journey BeyondMarketing2018PhiladelphiaPennPAC created a communication and marketing strategy for the client’s fundraising needs.
The Moyer FoundationDevelopment2018PhiladelphiaPennPAC provided guidance to the Foundation on its fundraising challenges, in the wake of its rapid expansion.
Youth BuildStrategic Planning2018PhiladelphiaPennPAC assisted YouthBuild with a business plan and growth strategy for their new “Learning Exchange” platform which will serve as an educational resource complete with training materials, case studies, videos, and other technical assistance offerings for other schools, programs, and partners.
D-RevProduct Analysis2017Bay AreaThe team conducted a market assessment and product analysis for a potential future product in the newborn health space.
Science is ElementaryReplication/Growth2017Bay AreaPennPAC evaluated and made recommendations regarding growth opportunities for SiE, providing the client with potential targets and a user case study for marketing their licensing agreement.
Exalt YouthCommunications2017NYPennPAC developed a plan to guide the messaging and strategy for communications with individual donors and community partners, as well as drafted two communications pieces.
Godwin-Ternbach Museum (Museum at Queens College)Strategic Planning2017NYPennPAC provided the strategic planning research and assessment to guide the museum in writing a strategic plan. PennPAC conducted an internal and external scan to prepare a SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats) analysis, identified key goals for the plan, and provided a planning template.
I Have A Dream FoundationStrategic Planning2017NYPennPAC provided a strategic growth plan to systematize and strengthen their affiliate growth. The team assessed the strength of the current network of affiliates, identified best practices, and provided recommendations for a growth strategy to assist IHDF in achieving the ambitious growth target laid out in their Vision 2020 plan.
Kupferberg Center for the ArtsMarketing2017NYThe PennPAC team developed revenue maximization strategies for KCA, compatible with its mission statement and goal of engaging better with the community. The components included an analysis of Queens demographics; a synthesis of information gleaned from stakeholders as well as industry experts; and a market research survey of 60,000 customers, non-customers, and university affiliates.
Learning About Multimedia ProjectFinancial Analysis2017NYPennPAC assisted the LAMP three years ago in developing a pricing model for their proposals. The model has been a valuable, and widely used tool to which they attribute supporting the growth and success they have experienced. However, it no longer meets their needs as the proposal requirements have grown in size and complexity. PennPAC developed a user friendly, flexible, updated pricing model for LAMP's RFPs and provided in-person training and detailed documentation/manual for LAMP staff.
NYC Housing PartnershipFinancial Analysis2017NYPennPAC assisted NYC Housing Partnership in assessing the fit and attractiveness of three opportunity areas under consideration: mergers and acquisitions with distressed housing nonprofits, small lending, and development.
One to WorldFinancial Analysis2017NYPennPAC assisted OTW in evaluating two potential new revenue streams. As part of this evaluation, PennPAC conducted a market analysis for both opportunities and developed a go to market strategy.
Riverdale Senior ServicesWeb/Social Media2017NYPennPAC supported their small marketing staff with recommendations and execution of a digital marketing strategy. We assisted them in establishing a Facebook presence, designing email marketing, and advising an under-resourced website redesign project underway.
ConcilioDevelopment2017PhiladelphiaPennPAC identified a strategy to diversify funding streams including corporate sponsors, individual donors, foundation and federal grants; created a plan to boost fundraising during cultural events; and developed a proposal to better integrate the organization's social services and cultural work.
Read by 4th (Free Library of Philadelphia)Communications2017PhiladelphiaPennPAC researched best practices and available resources and built a proprietary library of tips for parents. Tips were based on evidence-based research and/or best practices, and were worded to be understandable to parents with a 4th grade reading level. The team also created a tip library and recommended strategy for distribution to a wide audience.
Sunrise of PhiladelphiaCommunications2017PhiladelphiaPennPAC developed and refined a consistent messaging strategy for all programs; provided feedback on new logo and new mission statement in order to brand the organization for future growth; developed a one sentence tag-line; and reviewed social media, website and newsletter and suggested ways to better utilize these platforms.
Women Against AbuseMarketing2017PhiladelphiaPennPAC analyzed current marketing materials and platforms, met with key staff members and developed a formal marketing plan for the organization as a whole or for specific programs.
A Caring HandDevelopment2016NYPennPAC advised A Caring Hand on how to grow, develop, and further engage their board and fledgling junior board, to support them in achieving the goals of the strategic plan.
Competent Kids Caring CommunitiesMarketing2016NYThe PennPAC team evaluated strategies to further penetrate sales of the program into schools, as well as the potential to seek additional grant-based funding. Applying their findings, the team developed a growth plan to help this program take off.
FootstepsFinancial Analysis2016NYPennPAC helped Footsteps in conducting a financial review to identify fully allocated costs for their programs and provide financial tools and recommendations in support of their marketing, development, and growth planning.
GallopNYCProgram Evaluation2016NYPennPAC reviewed stakeholder needs and the processes associated with the evaluation system, its goals and metrics, and communication of its outcomes, to provide recommendations for strengthening the impact of this system.
JumpstartMarketing2016NYPennPAC developed key messages for 4 stakeholder groups: student volunteers, college partners, preschool partners, and donors. Also recommended communication vehicles, timing and a high-level digital strategy.
NYC Industrial and Technology Assistance CorpReplication/Growth2016NYThe PennPAC team developed a strategic growth plan to guide ITAC’s entry into the digital manufacturing space. The plan defined the spectrum of advanced manufacturing, identified relevant services for ITAC’s client base, provided an overview on the NYC landscape of competition and potential partners, and identified opportunities for ITAC.
Pro Bono NetMarketing2016NYThe PennPAC team provided a marketing and communications plan to assist Probono.net in reaching more people with legal needs and more effectively engaging with current and new partners.
Violence Intervention ProgramProgram Evaluation2016NYThe PennPAC team conducted a strategic review of VIP's program offerings and the resources required and evaluated the services of peer organizations as well as client needs to provide recommendations for an optimal target of services.
Centro Nuevo CreacionDevelopment2016PhiladelphiaThe PennPAC team updated communication materials and developed a strategy for donor outreach, grant management, relationship building, and retention.
Graduate PhiladelphiaMarketing2016PhiladelphiaThe PennPAC team developed strategies for the general public and for specific groups that will help Graduate! Philadelphia tailor its communication messages and materials to specific groups of adult students.
Bloomingdale School of MusicProgram Evaluation2015NYBSM sought PennPAC's assistance with a strategic plan for growing sales of an underutilized online music theory education product. PennPAC helped BSM identify the optimal positioning, pricing and promotion strategy.
Carter Burden - CBCAMarketing2015NYCarter Burden asked PennPAC for help with an updated branding and messaging strategy to unite the organization in light of recent acquisitions, grants, and program expansion.
Comprehensive Development, Inc.Board Development Strategy2015NYPennPAC provided CDI with recommendations for the recruitment and structure of forming a junior board to develop a new pipeline of younger volunteers and donors.
Dave Nee - DNFFinancial Analysis2015NYDNF asked for PennPAC's assistance in developing a pricing and transition strategy to migrate a free product for law schools to a fee for service model. The DNF Team found that it would be challenging to move to a fee-for-service model and therefore provided 6 other options for future financial viability of the organization and detailed one such model.
New York City Coalition Against HungerProgram Evaluation2015NYPennPAC created a volunteer cultivation strategy to guide NYCCAH in attracting and retaining long-term strategic volunteers.
Riverdale Neighborhood HouseReplication/Growth2015NYRNH engaged PennPAC at the successful conclusion of a major capital campaign and facilities expansion effort. PennPAC assisted RNH in preparing a strategic growth plan for programming to leverage RNH's newly renovated teen center and new gymnasium.
SAYA - South Asian Youth ActionMarketing2015NYThe SAYA Team developed an updated positioning statement, tailored messaging points for SAYA's target audiences and specific recommendations for SAYA's one-pager, annual report, video, website and social media presence.
Thyroid, Head & Neck Cancer FoundationDevelopment2015NYThe THANC Foundation was seeking to develop a plan to ensure sustainable funding to support expansion in reach and functionality of its product and was evaluating multiple potential funding avenues. PennPAC developed an approach for THANC to seek funding through venture capital or other early stage investor categories and provided detailed recommendations on two of the approaches.
Children's Orchestra SocietyDevelopment2014NYPennPAC assisted COS with a broad development strategy to strengthen its fundraising.
Hudson River Community SailingMarketing2014NYThis engagement entailed developing a marketing plan to assist HRCS in growing their fee for services revenue to support their youth programs.
National Medical FellowshipsMarketing2014NYPennPAC provided NMF with messaging and a strategy to promote NMF and reconnect them with program alums in preparation for their 70th anniversary celebration.
NYC Urban Debate LeagueFinancial Analysis2014NYPennPAC assisted the NYC Urban Debate League with a two part development plan that looked at potential for raising funds through fee for services programs to wealthy schools and a strategy to develop relationships and fundraising within the financial services and law firm sectors.
Pajama ProgramMarketing2014NYThe Pajama Program team created a marketing strategy including the creation of messaging, media selection and promotional campaign concepts.
Renaissance Youth CenterWeb/Social Media2014NYIn PennPAC's second engagement with Renaissance, a PennPAC project team created tailored messaging points for Renaissance's various target audiences including the design of prototypes for a public service announcement, brochure and press kit.
Sports and Arts in Schools FoundationMarketing2014NYPennPAC developed messaging points and a marketing strategy to recruit college alumni volunteers to mentor graduates from SASF's programs. This project had a very big reach and was designed to support SASF grads as they continued on to college, many of whom are the FIF (first in the family) to attend college.
YWCAProgram Evaluation2014NYThis engagement assisted the YW in reviewing the role of its Academy of Women Leaders (AWL) and the AWL's annual Salute Luncheon benefit to reposition them both to be more current and integral to the YW and more effective at fundraising.
Anti-Violence Partnership of PhiladelphiaMarketing2014PhiladelphiaThe PennPAC team developed a messaging strategy and produced marketing materials that provided AVP with a cohesive brand image.
Mighty WritersReplication/Growth2014PhiladelphiaThe PennPAC team developed a fundraising strategy for the opening of a new center and conducted a financial analysis to help optimize Mighty Writers' individual giving campaign.
Philadelphia Education FundMarketing2014PhiladelphiaThe team created a marketing strategy for PEF.
Bed-Stuy Campaign Against HungerMarketing2013NYThe PennPAC team assisted BSCAH in developing and producing an array of updated marketing materials for clients, funders, and a press kit promoting its affiliation with the NFL for upcoming Super Bowl XLVIII in 2014.
Breakthrough New YorkReplication/Growth2013NYBTNY asked PennPAC to assist them in creating a Replication Plan to guide them in the steps to double their current program sites from two to four locations in the next two years.
Children of PromiseReplication/Growth2013NYThe PennPAC team assisted CPNYC in performing a feasibility study regarding replicating to a second program site, and developing a hands-on Replication Plan.
Learning About Multimedia ProjectFinancial Analysis2013NYThe LAMP was seeking outside support to analyze and model their cost structure to support budgeting and the grant proposal process.
Mobile Kitchen ClassroomFinancial Analysis2013NYThe project proposal for this young organization involved creating a feasible timeline, implementation plan and budget for the launch this new program.
Riverdale Neighborhood HouseWeb/Social Media2013NYRNH was looking for a team to help them strategize their website upgrade including a landscape analysis and the creation of a site map so their audiences could better understand the organization's program offerings.
STRIVEFinancial Analysis2013NYAfter previously experiencing rapid and haphazard growth of its franchises with mixed results, STRIVE was looking for a PennPAC team to review the historical performance of its franchises and develop a strategic growth plan to guide and optimize future growth.
Children's VillageReplication/Growth2013PhiladelphiaThe PennPAC team conducted a feasibility study to determine whether Children's Village should open an eighth School-Age Program classroom.
Maternity Care CoalitionDevelopment2013PhiladelphiaMCC was looking for a team to help develop and define the responsibilities of a Young Leadership Circle (YLC).
People's Emergency CenterMarketing2013PhiladelphiaThe PennPAC team developed a branding and marketing strategy for the People's Emergency Center to increase revenue and name recognition.
Armory FoundationWeb/Social Media2012NYThis team developed an in-depth social media strategy and recommendations regarding communication with Armory Track alumni.
City LoreDevelopment2012NYA PennPAC team researched best practices and strategies to help City Lore create and retain a new generation of interested followers through the formation of a junior board.
Pro Bono NetMarketing2012NYThe project team performed elaborate research and a SWOT analysis to provide suggestions regarding operational efficiencies as well as marketing recommendations to reposition a fee for service product.
Renaissance Youth CenterWeb/Social Media2012NYThe first PennPAC/Renaissance Youth Center project team performed a SWOT analysis to provide candid and tactical recommendations re operational efficiencies and marketing.
Say Yes to EducationMarketing2012NYThe PennPAC team interviewed program alumni to create bios and marketing recommendations to re-engage past participants for their upcoming 25th anniversary gala.
12+Development2012PhiladelphiaThe 12+ team researched and created a development outreach strategy.
Students Run Philly StyleMarketing2012PhiladelphiaThe SRPS team provided recommendations on ways to increase the organization's local visibility and press presence.
Urban Affairs CoalitionFinancial Analysis2012PhiladelphiaThe team endeavored to assess the pricing methodology for this business coalition that serves as back office for many nonprofits.
Bottom LineMarketing2011NYThe Bottom Line team researched marketing channels to assist this established-- but new to NY--nonprofit; the team interviewed other nonprofits in the college access sector and also NY-based nonprofits that had successful marketing and PR programs.
Common CentsMarketing2011NYIn PennPAC's first project, the team created a communication and engagement plan for program alumni.