Adhikaar, meaning rights in Nepali, is a New York-based nonprofit organization working with Nepali-speaking communities to promote human rights and social justice for all. Beginning in September, 2011, The New York Women's Foundation (NYWF) sponsored a year-long capacity building opportunity for the Adhikaar leadership team, involving organizational assessment, visioning, strategic planning, team-building and coaching with SEED. Overall, it proved helpful for the Board chair and executive staff to integrate a structured process for planning, updating progress and clarifying agreement on next steps to meet their goals.
Alex House Project
The Alex House Project (AHP) is a peer-led, social service support and leadership development organization for young expecting and parenting others and young fathers living in New York City. AHP works to increase long-term family-sufficiency and independence by providing parenting classes and leadership development in a safe and nurturing environment.
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American Rivers – California Regional Office
American Rivers protects wild rivers, restores damaged rivers, and conserves clean water for people and nature. Since 1973, American Rivers has protected and restored more than 150,000 miles of rivers through advocacy efforts, on-the-ground projects, and an annual America's Most Endangered Rivers® campaign. The California Regional Office came to SEED with a 65-page strategic plan that they needed to put on its feet. Working with SEED they have established new structures and practices for coordinated action, as they have made their short goals operational in alignment with long term vision. AR has gained clarity and efficiencies to leverage its core, distinctive strengths in addressing California's river conservation challenges and opportunities.
Annie B. Jones Community Services, Inc. (ABJ)
ABJ is the only comprehensive social service organization with a mission to meet the physical, emotional, and social needs of families, children and senior citizens in the South Shore Community of Chicago. SEED offered a comprehensive self-assessment and visioning workshop that guided the ABJ executive leadership team to clarify priorities for strengthening infrastructure, improve quality of services and better track outcomes. Having clarified a shared vision of future success, the agency is building a cohesive leadership team consisting of mid-management and senior management to focus on expansion and growth.
Bed-Stuy Campaign Against Hunger
The mission of the Bed-Stuy Campaign Against Hunger is to end hunger by distributing food and empowering families through information and support. giving both strength and dignity to the community. Core programs are centered around decreasing food and financial insecurity and promoting health among low-income families. The SuperPantry distributes food to more than 300,000 New Yorkers each year. The wealth program connected families to more than $2.3 million of income tax refunds and SNAP dollars last year. The Healthy Families, Healthy Communities program partners with city agencies and major healthcare companies to bring healthy nutrition programming to children, parents and seniors. In the fall of 2015 the organization was awarded a six-month scholarship to SEEDing Financial Stability.
The Business Outreach Center
The Business Outreach Center Network is a micro-enterprise, small business development organization, delivering customized business services to under-served entrepreneurs in New York City and, more recently, in Newark, New Jersey, as well as capacity-building services to organizations establishing and operating community and micro-enterprise development programs. With services funded by a range of government and non-government sources (each with their own reporting, audit and documentation requirements), BOC is working with SEED to integrate team-building practices and develop systems for internal collaboration, communication and decision-making that will allow unified planning and maximize shared internal resources. In our first phase of work together, BOC managers became more intentional, communicative and well-managed as a team. Their internal capacity gains (successful events, onboarding, and use of volunteers) unleashed energy for clients, and leveraged technology and the team’s combined capacities to raise impacts.
Center for Congregations
The Center for Congregations helps Indiana congregations to address their needs through resource consulting, educational events and grants. The Center works with clergy, staff and laity by listening to their concerns, developing work plans, and then carefully matching resources with specific needs. SEED guided the Center through an impact assessment that focused on the value of its resource consulting and educational events in the communities served. The Center found it "affirming to have someone pay close attention to the work we do… and reflect back observations and possible scenarios for new work in a respectful, accurate and comprehensive way."
CHANGER is a homeowner membership organization that works to end abusive mortgage lending practices in low and moderate income communities in New York City through the use of consumer advocacy and education, financial and legal research, community organizing, and public policy advocacy. SEED is just beginning work with CHANGER, in July 2014, as the leadership team takes steps to refresh a long term vision and focus short term goals particularly to maximize its strengths, which involve mobilizing and equipping low-income homeowners for effective advocacy.
Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies (FPWA)
FPWA provides management assistance, capacity building, and advocacy services with 200+ member agencies and churches throughout the New York City five boroughs. Its Policy Advocacy & Research Department (PAR) works closely with member agencies and in numerous coalitions to influence budget and legislative outcomes that positively impact social service organizations and the children, families and individuals they serve. The department has held its annual staff retreat at SEED since 2008. They initially used the SEED Diagnostic to gain clarity about what is working and where attention can be focused for better results. Since then, each year SEED leads the department to celebrate successes, refresh and expand their vision, and develop a strategic plan for the year ahead that is tied to the five-year vision and resonates with the team's core values. SEED then offers limited coaching to support a structure for the department to monitor and advance its work through the year.
FIERCE is a membership-based organization building the leadership and power of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) youth of color in New York City. FIERCE develops politically conscious youth leaders for campaigns, leadership development programs, and cultural expression through arts and media. FIERCE is cultivating the next generation of social justice movement leaders who are dedicated to ending all forms of oppression. SEED was initially sponsored by The New York Women's Foundation (NYWF) to offer executive coaching for the FIERCE co-directors. The agency also made use of the SEED Diagnostic for both the local and national programs to clarify individual, organization, and systems-level impact targets, graph current and one-year desired results, and identify strengths and growth opportunities for each target. Results of coaching and training included: Better communication, messaging and collaboration as co-directors; integrated practices and abilities to "be grounded" in their roles, and confidence leading staff and board.
Girls for Gender Equity (GGE)
GGE is committed to improving the physical, psychological, social and economic development of girls and women. Through education, organizing, and leadership development, Girls for Gender Equity encourages communities to remove barriers and create opportunities for girls and women to live self-determined lives. Beginning in November 2010, The New York Women's Foundation sponsored six months of capacity-building for GGE. GGE leaders gained clarity as a team about strengths, growth opportunities, current impacts, a five year vision of success, and one-year priorities to advance the vision. SEED also worked with GGE staff to deepen their communication skills, with the aim of eliciting new discovery in each other and in the next generation of leaders the organization is cultivating to extend GGE's mission.
Good Old Lower East Side
GOLES is a neighborhood housing and preservation organization that has served the Lower East Side of Manhattan since 1977. GOLES is dedicated to building the power of low-income residents to address tenant rights, homelessness prevention, economic development, and community revitalization. Long term goals include expanding the low-income housing stock and assuring a clean and healthy environment where people live, work and play. With generous support from the New York Women's Foundation, SEED is training GOLES in the use of assessment, visioning and planning practices that will coalesce the leadership base of clients, members, staff, volunteers and interns to expand and realize their shared vision. In our first season of work together, GOLES has developed a deeper bench of leaders trained to cultivate leadership in others.
In 1986 Sister Teresa Fitzgerald (Sr. Tesa) and four other Sisters of St. Joseph led an initiative to open the doors of St. Rita's Convent when they began caring for children whose mothers were in prison. They continued with support of volunteers from 1986 to 1995 when Hour Children officially incorporated into a not-for-profit organization. Today Hour Children has five residences that house approximately 60 families each year. A range of prison-based services are provided to begin working with women and their children while the mothers are still incarcerated and provide a bridge to community-based services and linkages that are key to successful community re-entry and family reunification. NYWF first sponsored SEED to work with Hour Children's "Working Woman Program," to strengthen infrastructure, maximize volunteer resources, and grow to service a larger client base. SEED supported the agency in its efforts to unite two programs in collaboration. This has generated more comprehensive and integrated services offered to formerly incarcerated women.
Muslim Women's Institute for Research & Development
MWIRD is a faith-based, community service organization focused on hunger relief, health education, transitional needs of new immigrants and inter-faith work. Founded in 1997, the organization initially began by opening and operating a food pantry at the Mount Hope Mosque, in the Bronx. Today the organization is perhaps best known for keeping its food pantry open no matter what, in service to Bronx residents in need. SEED has been sponsored both by NYWF and United Way of NYC to expand a team of co-leaders to focus on fund development, define their vision for success, develop a work plan, and implement a structured practice of monthly check-ins to monitor progress.
Nobody Ages Out
With generous support of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation (2013-2015), SEED has facilitated the conception of this initiative and the formation, focus and coordinated action of its leadership team. The leaders emerged from within a task force that was previously convened and led by the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies. SEED invited long-time task force participants to step into leadership roles and identify shared passion and purpose that the team is uniquely positioned to achieve. Having assisted the project to find a permanent home within You Gotta Believe, Inc, program development is now in motion that will enable a growing network of child welfare agencies to rapidly model the vision, ensuring that every young person in foster care will have a family long before they reach the age of 21 when they "age out" of care without family or any support. SEED has shifted its role to provide coaching for NAO co-leaders.
ParentJobNet's mission is to educate, prepare, and connect low- to moderate-income public school parents with job opportunities and other economic resources that will empower them to build financial security and peace of mind for themselves and their school-age children. SEED was initially sponsored by NYWF to offer executive coaching for the founder/executive director, as she systematized day-to-day operations, built internal capacity and readied the organization to extend its job readiness, computer-training, financial training, career counseling and other services beyond the first four Manhattan school districts. Our first phase of work together enabled the founder to deepen a range of communication skills and laid the groundwork to elicit more wisdom and engagement of board and staff. With SEED's guidance, the board is more effectively contributing to maximize PJN’s strengths which include: 1) a 4,000 client-member email list; 2) the steering committee’s network of relationships; 3) potential to generate earned revenue through products and service deliver, and 4) expertise to address a wide range of needs in the local community and celebrate successful clients at the same time. In 2015, SEED awarded the organization a one-year scholarship to SEEDing Financial Stability.
Red Hook Initiative
The Red Hook Initiative works to confront and affect the consequences of intergenerational poverty through an approach that offers support in education, employment, health and community development. Employing some 60 local residents who deliver the organization's services, RHI believes that social change comes from within individuals and that capacity to improve quality of life for Red Hook's residents can best be developed by people living in the community. SEED was sponsored by NYWF in 2010 to offer six-months of executive coaching for RHI. SEED walked alongside RHI's director/founder, to witness and support her extraordinary creative capacity. As a result of focused coaching, she adjusted staff structure and shifted the culture to one that fosters more team-building and shared leadership.
Resilience Advocacy Project
RAP's empowers youth to become leaders in the fight against poverty. Transforming youth into catalysts for positive change in their lives and communities, RAP provides youth empowerment and leadership training to youth in the city's most forgotten and under-resourced communities of color. Specifically, RAP trains teams of youth to identify pressing community problems impacting youth, (such as dating violence, police harassment, and access to health care) and to design and run community-based initiatives that address those problems. For example, teen leaders have run health-care sign-up resource centers, hosted town hall meetings about school suspensions, and launched video campaigns to provide legal rights information about birth control. RAP partners with schools, after school programs, libraries to engage youth, and we provide a tested and evaluated, culturally competent 10-week "bootcamp" that trains teens to provide these concrete peer advocacy services in their communities. In the fall of 2015 RAP was awarded a six-month scholarship to SEEDing Financial Stability.
Riis Academy, at Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement House
Riis Academy partners with schools, families and the community to offer comprehensive programming which supports academic achievement and fosters social and emotional growth for 900 youth, ages 5 to 24, at five campuses in Long Island City and Astoria, Queens. SEED is building the capacity of the five campus coordinators to undertake annual iterative planning and assessment as a team, and enhance effectiveness as collaborative leaders within and across their respective communities. The director of Adolescent Services utilized leadership training to establish a culture for ongoing, effective cross-site collaboration. With her increasingly skillful leadership, in our first phase the Riis Academy site coordinators forged an exciting collaboration across five campuses to develop parent, alumni and student leadership.
Safety Net Project (SNP) of Urban Justice Center
SNP is staffed by 13 full-time attorneys who provide legal representation for low and no income New Yorkers with respect to their entitlements to government public assistance and food stamps. Research and policy advocacy are also employed to further the mission. With the generous support of NYWF, SEED focused to develop capacity in the area of fund development, by engaging an expanded team to relieve the heavy-lifting of the project director. In the first phase of our work together the team successfully launched new work (with more engaged staff) to expand the project’s funding and community of supports. "Coming together as a team to define a long-term vision and create a work plan to expand the community of supports (and funding), were first steps towards getting dug out from under a lot of difficult challenges. We also held a very successful event that expanded our community of supporters and gave us confidence that we can produce (and even enjoy) hosting events."
Share The Care™ is a grassroots model that empowers patients and caregivers to take control of their own caregiving needs. The average STC group brings together 20-50 friends and family, utilizing a comprehensive guidebook to share the caregiving. The founder's vision is for STC to become a household name. An estimated 7,500 groups have used the model, as documented in 40 states, Canada, Israel, Iceland, Australia, Malaysia, Spain, and Brazil. Since late summer 2009, SEED has provided on-call executive coaching for the founder. Outputs have included increased efficiencies and effectiveness in planning for and managing growth, focused priorities and an expanded leadership team that SEED has led through a visioning and strategic planning process. More recently The United Way of New York City awarded a Community Leader Impact Grant to Communications/Marketing Manager, Phyllis Waisman. This provided one-on-one coaching and tools to build capacity in the area of fund development. In 2015, SEED awarded the organization a one-year scholarship to SEEDing Financial Stability.
Sole Train, a Trinity Boston Connects program
Sole Train: Boston Runs Together is a community-building and mentoring program that uses running as a vehicle for setting and achieving challenging goals.
Start Small Think Big
Start Small Think Big is a non-profit organization that helps low- income individuals build thriving businesses to increase their personal financial security and stimulate economic activity in underserved New York City communities. In 2014, the organization’s clients accessed over 4,300 hours of free financial and legal services, valued at over $3 million. SEED was sponsored by The New York Women’s Foundation to offer a tool to assess internal capacity, in April, 2015. SEED then raised funds to offer a one-year scholarship subscription, in June 2015, for Start Small’s founder/executive director to test SEED’s new cloud technology that guides organizations to strategize, prioritize and track fund development activities.
Sustainable Parents Institute and Network (SPIN)
With generous support of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation (2013-15), SEED has led a diverse network of child welfare advocates to discover its distinctive competence, clarify a shared vision, build shared leadership, and name and launch its shared purpose. SPIN was conceived in 2014 as a network of child welfare advocates and providers with a mission to significantly increase the supply and retention of caring, safe and well-trained families who are highly-qualified and competent to care for children in need. SPIN promotes supportive practices that nurture individuals who choose to parent vulnerable children and youth who have been abused or neglected. The intention is to train trainers and develop evidence-informed measures promoting parent recruitment and retention. SPIN has been supported by the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies, which originally convened the task force. The leadership team is composed of representatives from Leake & Watts, the National Foster Parent Association-Region 2, the NY Foundling and other NYC child welfare agencies and advocates. In the fall of 2015, SEED awarded the organization a six-month scholarship to SEEDing Financial Stability.
Trinity Boston Connects
Trinity Boston Connects mission is to unlock opportunity and change the odds for the youth of Boston. In partnership, we build communities that: affirm, inspire, and empower youth and their families; offer holistic support for physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being; and strengthen community health and cohesion across Boston. Our students will have a greater likelihood of: completing high school; becoming leaders within their communities; and leading lives of their own design.
Trinity Education for Excellence Program, a Trinity Boston Connects program
The Trinity Education for Excellence Program (TEEP) is a multiyear, tuition-free, character and leadership development program for Boston’s youth of color. TEEP participants are recruited during their 6th grade year and enrolled for three consecutive summers, after which they are eligible for leadership training over four years of High School.
Violence Intervention Program (VIP)
VIP is a nationally recognized Latina organization with a mission to promote nonviolent partner relationships, familias, and communities through raising awareness, activism, and offering culturally competent services that are respectful of each survivor's right to self-determination. VIP believes we must all share responsibility for community education and activism to prevent domestic violence. With generous support from NYWF, SEED offered coaching and guidance to support effective collaboration across six sites, as the agency integrated new data tracking systems, refined its evaluation procedures, developed performance monitoring systems and identified audiences and uses for the data. In a very short time, VIP integrated the use of a new data base for tracking and reporting client-centered services across six locations, having established internal systems for communication and essential foundations for trust. In 2015, SEED awarded the organization a one-year scholarship to SEEDing Financial Stability.
WhyHunger is a leader in building the movement to end hunger and poverty. WhyHunger's work begins with innovation it finds in the grassroots. As a grassroots support organization WhyHunger provides capacity building services, technical support, and access to information and financial resources to community organizations implementing new ideas and developing groundbreaking projects to transform their communities. WhyHunger guilds networks of grassroots organizations that share a vision of healthy, sustainable and self-reliant communities leading to greater mobilization and stronger advocacy to end poverty and hunger. Beginning in 2012, SEED guided two leadership teams (staff and board) through parallel strategic planning processes. The aim was to develop the capacity of each leadership team and foster connections and communication across their visions, work plans and implementation. The organization is rapidly developing secondary leadership, clarifying its identity in local and global movements to end hunger, and building internal capacity to truly get the job done!
Women for Afghan Women
WAW is a grassroots civil society organization dedicated to securing and protecting the rights of disenfranchised Afghan women and girls, particularly their rights to develop their individual potential, to self-determination, and to be represented in all areas of life: political, social, cultural and economic. Working in Afghanistan and Queens New York, WAW challenges the norms that underpin gender-based violence wherever opportunities arise to influence attitudes and bring about change. SEED was sponsored by The New York Women’s Foundation to work with the NY-based leaders, as they developed a local advisory board and expanded a stronger leadership team serving the local community. SEED was then sponsored by United Way of New York City to coach the director of the Queens office, as she led her team in visioning, planning, and developing assessment tools to monitor and report results.
Women's Housing and Economic Development Corporation (WHEDco)
WHEDco has worked for twenty years to build a more beautiful, equitable and economically vibrant Bronx. The organization reaches over 30,000 people annually through energy-efficient, healthy and affordable homes, early childhood education and youth development, family support, home-based childcare microenterprise and food business incubation. As WHEDco developed a new data that combined 25 disparate client data-bases into one organization-wide system, SEED was sponsored by NYWF to guide the research, evaluation and fund development directors through a comprehensive self- assessment. When a strategic priority emerged in the area of internal communications, we shifted focus to establish a collaborative coaching relationship that supported the HR Director in her work to foster cross department communications and creative teamwork.
You Gotta Believe (YGB)
You Gotta Believe finds permanent parents and families for young adults, teens, and pre-teens in the foster care system. Across the country, as many as 25,000 young people will age out of the foster care system. In NYC alone, more than 800 young people will age out of foster care this year and there are thousands of youth in the 'aging out' pipeline. As many as 50 percent are likely to experience homelessness; many will be incarcerated or hospitalized and experience health and mental health challenges throughout life, and only a tiny percent will have a college degree from a 2 or 4-year institution by age 26. These unacceptable outcomes are the reason that YGB was founded. With support of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, SEED is offering organizational assessment, visioning, strategic planning and customized coaching to support YGB's mission fulfillment. SEED is also building capacity within YGB to spearhead a citywide "Nobody Ages Out" initiative aimed at increasing opportunities for youth in ways that financially benefit New York State. In the fall of 2015, SEED awarded the organization a six-month scholarship to SEEDing Financial Stability.
Young Women of Color Health Advocacy Coalition (YWCHAC)
YWCHAC is a coalition of organizations concerned about young women’s health outcomes. The coalition is driven by and for young women of color, fostering their development of the organizing and advocacy skills necessary to help change the climate in which decisions about them are being made. NYWF sponsored a year-long capacity-building opportunity through which SEED offered organizational assessment, visioning, strategic planning, team-building and coaching. "SEED provides a structure, support and atmosphere for reflection that has helped us really regroup, restructure and reframe the work. We now have a broad community of girls, parents, friends, supporters and partner organizations who carry this vision. By next year we want to have a broad community who carry the work to realize it."