Services

Soukup Strategic Solutions provides nonprofit organizations with expertise in the areas of fundraising and nonprofit management. The company has a specific focus in helping organizations plan for growth.  As organizations expand, Soukup Strategic Solutions supports client teams through the execution of strategies for growth.  The company empowers clients to measure success using well-defined goals, objectives and tools for evaluating progress over time.  The primary services of the company are strategic planning, board developmentgrant writing, and the development of fundraising plans and marketing plans. Additional services include focus groups, program development, event planning and meeting facilitation.


Clients of Soukup Strategic Solutions, Inc. include:

Soukup Strategic Solutions is proud to partner with Donor Perfect and Little Green Light donor management systems.

 

Strategic Planning

Strategic planning provides nonprofits with a road map for the future.  By engaging in strategic planning, nonprofit leaders define their organization’s goals and the strategies by which they will achieve them.  Soukup Strategic Solutions takes the guess work out of the strategic planning process.  We use a method that promotes positive discussion resulting in a well-thought-out plan with action steps and tools for measuring success.  By contracting with us, your organization will be sure to have the road map you need to achieve your goals and fulfill your mission.

What to Expect:  Soukup Strategic Solutions will help organize a strategic planning session with your organization’s leaders and key stakeholders. Our consultants will facilitate discussions and small group activities designed to reaffirm the nonprofit’s mission, vision and value statements; scan the organization and its environment for strengths and opportunities; brainstorm dreams for the future; set goals and measurable objectives; identify strategies to achieve the goals; define the measurement tools to evaluate progress; and assign responsibility for each action step.  Soukup Strategic Solutions will then commit the plan to writing and deliver it to your nonprofit for review and Board approval.  Consulting services are also available to assist with implementation of the strategic plan.

Board Development

The Board of Directors of a nonprofit organization serve as guardians of the public’s trust.  Their primary role is governance, thus articulating the mission, setting policy and ensuring that resources are sufficient and used wisely for the purpose for which they were intended.  This is a big job, especially for volunteers, and often Board members are asked to serve without being told exactly what is expected of them.  Board development includes training and support for Board members so that they fully understand their roles.  Board development also involves evaluating the composition and performance of the Board, developing a plan to recruit new members, assisting Board members in acquiring new skills and improving Board efficiency for enhanced performance.  Soukup Strategic Solutions provides nonprofits with the tools and guidance needed to build highly effective Boards.

What to expect:  Soukup Strategic Solutions works with Boards to identify areas in which support is needed and then provides targeted assistance.  We can provide your Board with tools for orientation and training of new Board members,  such as a Board manual and sample governance documents.  We also provide tools for evaluating Board composition and performance.  Our consultants provide training and coaching on governance and fundraising.

Grant Writing

Grants are a valuable source of income for many nonprofits.  The development of a successful grant proposal requires a number of important steps, including careful research, relationship-building, goal-setting, sensible budgeting, creative writing and thorough proofreading.  Grant writing is both an art and a science.  A successful grant proposal must be written with creativity and grammatical skill so that it speaks to the reader in a way that is compelling and heartfelt while sounding professional and logical.   However well-written, a grant will only be successful if it is well-matched to the funder’s intent.  At Soukup Strategic Solutions we offer expertise in grant research, planning, writing, budgeting and reporting.  By contracting with us, you can rely on our expertise and feel confident that your organization is positioning itself for success in receiving grant awards.

What to Expect:  At Soukup Strategic Solutions, our consultants work with your organization’s staff and/or Board to learn about your nonprofit’s goals, funding needs and current organizational capacity.  We will perform research specific to your organization to identify grant opportunities that match your needs.  We will review the identified opportunities with you and will help you develop strategies to position yourself for success in applying for funding. Our consultants will prepare your organization’s grant applications,  assisting you as necessary in developing goals with measurable objectives and budgets for your proposed projects.  Each application will be submitted to an authority within your organization for review and approval prior to submission.  Soukup Strategic Solutions will prepare and submit to your organization a grant spreadsheet which will allow you keep track of all grant proposals, their status and success rate.  While we cannot guarantee each application submitted will be successfully funded, with the help of Soukup Strategic Solutions you can feel confident that you have  maximized your chances for success.

Fundraising Plans

A fundraising plan provides details on how much money a nonprofit will raise over a specific period of time and how the nonprofit’s staff and volunteers will go about raising it.  When a fundraising plan is well-prepared, it is a valuable tool that can mean the difference between meeting or failing to meet your nonprofit’s need for income.  The fundraising plan should be consistent with your strategic plan and should be developed and updated each year in conjunction with your annual budget.  Soukup Strategic Solutions can position you for fundraising success by helping your nonprofit develop a detailed fundraising plan that works.

What to expect:  Soukup Strategic Solutions will meet with staff and/or Board members to perform an initial evaluation of your organization’s preparedness for fundraising success.  This evaluation will identify areas needing attention, and our consultants will advise your nonprofit on how to set goals to overcome any areas of difficulty. Our consultants will then hold one or more meetings with your fundraising team to brainstorm ideas and gain input. Those ideas will be developed into a written plan that will be prepared by our consultants and submitted to your nonprofit for review and Board approval.  After our work is complete, you will have a detailed plan that sets forth your goals for fundraising, strategies for achieving those goals, tools for measuring your performance over time and people assigned to lead your organization through the process.  Consulting services are also available to assist with implementation of the fundraising plan.

Marketing Plans

Marketing is so closely tied to fundraising success that it is essential that your nonprofit has a marketing plan as well as a fundraising plan. A marketing plan identifies the audiences with which you plan to communicate, the strategies you will use to communicate with them and how you will measure the return on your investment. Soukup Strategic Solutions has the expertise you need in nonprofit marketing.  Our consultants will help you craft targeted messages and develop a plan to disseminate those messages to your audiences for high-impact.

What to expect:  Soukup Strategic Solutions will meet with staff and/or Board members to perform an initial evaluation of your organization’s marketing strategies.  Our consultants will then hold one or more meetings with your marketing team to brainstorm ideas and gain input. Those ideas will be developed into a written plan that will be prepared by our consultants and submitted to your nonprofit for review and Board approval.  After our work is complete, you will have a detailed plan that sets forth the purposes of your marketing plan, your goals for marketing, strategies for achieving those goals, tools for measuring the return on your investment and the people assigned to lead your organization through the process.  Consulting services are also available to assist with implementation of the marketing plan.