We hope you are having an awesome year and wanted to share some highlights of what has been keeping us busy in 2019.
Here’s a short version:
Board Growth & Development - A great and engaged Board can make or break an organization, especially during pivotal growth stages. We've been helping multiple nonprofits navigate a Board Growth & Development process to design and engage their Boards for maximum impact.
Great HR & Mid-Year Reviews - 'Tis the season to set your organization up for year-end success via a mid-year review process that seamlessly flows into the year-end review, planning, and budgeting process. It's important (and fun) work that multiple clients are undertaking. We hope your organization is doing this too!
Landmark Legislation - Our team played a key role in passing landmark restorative justice legislation in Illinois and is helping other states and organizations design and launch important policy and advocacy campaigns.
Commencement Addresses, NY Times Best Sellers & TV Too! - Our Principal Messaging & Communications Team has been helping high profile speakers, authors and writers create inspirational and amazing content!
And More - Read on for more about what we've been up to or just drop us a note! We'd love to hear from you!
Here’s a longer version:
Board Growth & Development
An active and engaged Board of Directors is critical for long-term, scalable, and sustainable success. Most growth-stage organizations struggle to grow their original founders board into a more dynamic, diversified, and fully engaged Board. That's where we come in! We use the same simplified and easy-to-action approach we've used with some of the most high profile nonprofit Boards in the world to help organizations comfortably grow and engage their Board. Recruiting new Board members is one thing - onboarding and engaging them effectively over time is another. We help do both! If you'd like to discuss your Board, let us know!
Great HR & Mid-Year Reviews!
We know that few people get really excited about HR...but we do! And we've been really busy this year helping clients develop policies, procedures, and simplified practices to engage and motivate their teams toward peak performance.
Mid-Year Reviews. The secret to awesome year-end reviews begins with the mid-year review (or at least the less formal mid-year touch base). And several of our clients are in the middle of them right now! Mid-year reviews during often slower summer months provide a simple, low-pressure opportunity to engage with each team member and to review essential functions, performance expectations, and goals. Year-end reviews are right around the corner (we recommend starting in October - yes, really!). If you want to finish the year seamlessly and efficiently focused on the exciting new year ahead, the mid-year review process is the best way to start!
Need help with or want to talk about your mid-year and/or year-end reviews? Let us know!
Make HR Awesome! It's important to have strong policies and procedures in place (including an Employee Handbook and Code of Conduct) and to review and revise them on an annual basis to ensure compliance with new and changing obligations. We have seen tremendous demand on this front from clients. But beyond just having the policies, we also recommend annual trainings, including the ever-important anti-harassment training, which we recommend (and some states require) you conduct annually! While we know some employee trainings can be a drag, ours are short, sweet, and awesome! We love helping clients update their policies and train their teams in simple and fun sessions that can be conducted remotely and/or in-person!
Want to talk about your HR practices and/or trainings? Shoot us an email!
In June, Illinois Governor JB Pritzker signed HB1438 into law, which was one of the most sweeping criminal justice reform bills to ever pass a state legislature. Dave Horwich, Beyond Advisers' expert in advocacy and political engagement, together with JCL Strategies, developed and managed the advocacy campaign that led to this monumental legislation. Through its legalization of the sale of adult-use cannabis, the law, passed with bipartisan support, includes automatic expungement of records for cannabis offenses, thereby expunging over 700,000 records and opening better pathways to jobs and civic engagement. It also creates a social equity program that provides benefits directly to those communities that have been disproportionately affected by previous legislation.
We also worked on other exciting public policy matters:
Civics Education - Earlier this year, we worked with one of the largest social innovators on the planet to create a national, multi-year roadmap to elevate civics education standards through state legislative action.
State-Led Climate Change Action - In response to a request from a funder, we are developing strategic engagement options in a southeastern state around climate-related issues and beginning the process of building out their long-term program in the state.
Multi-Entity, Cross-Sector Public Policy - We are currently working with a number of leading nonprofit organizations in one large Midwestern state to align their efforts to advance a menu of public policy priorities through collective action.
Changing public policy can be one of the most effective ways to deliver social impact at scale. If you are working to launch campaigns that affect public policy change at the local, state, or national level, let us know!
Commencement Addresses, NY Times Best Sellers & TV Too!
During graduation season, Steve Rinehart, the leader of our Principal Messaging & Communications team, assisted our client, a world champion athlete, with commencement remarks for a major university. This was in addition to Steve’s concurrent work supporting multiple NY Times Best Selling authors on their books and television projects. Have a high-profile founder, leader, and/or principal who wants to enhance and amplify their message and impact? We'd be happy to discuss their vision, mission, and message. Feel free to reach out!
We help amazing people change the world.
We'd love to help you, too!
If we aren’t already working together, let’s chat about what we can do together during the rest of 2019 and Beyond!
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