How We Help Nonprofits
We recognize the challenges nonprofits face, the complex environment in which they work, and the expectations of their funders.
We work with nonprofits to operationalize strategic plans, design and implement new programs, and develop systems that help staff to manage programs effectively, understand what drives success, and improve outcomes.
Our intimate knowledge of the nonprofit landscape and our extensive track record, which includes administering government-funded nonprofit services, enable Public Works Partners to deliver what nonprofits need: exceptional organizational performance and maximized program impact.
Business Census and Comprehensive Plan
The Long Island City Partnership engaged us to help chart this dynamic, mixed-use neighborhood’s future as unprecedented residential and commercial development outpaces its industrial neighbors, local artists and cultural institutions. For LIC’s first-ever comprehensive plan, we surveyed hundreds of local businesses and interviewed dozens of stakeholders to understand what was needed in the neighborhood by each to preserve its historic mix of uses, and developed a market study of the current and anticipated real estate needs. We used findings from both to develop a set of actionable recommendations to better support the needs of new and traditional users of the neighborhood.
Program Evaluation and Youth Survey
Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund sought to better understand nationally how youth perceive mainstream financial products and services. We developed a survey and strategy for collecting information from over 3,200 youth in eight target cities to examine how they view mainstream financial services, banking, and plan to use financial services in the future. To provide additional nuance, we augmented the survey analysis with insights garnered through a series of focus groups across partner cities. Our robust data analysis and summary is supporting CFE’s efforts to advance the national financial empowerment policy discussion, while also arming their programs with greater knowledge about the populations that they serve.
Capacity Building Training Series
We designed and implemented a series of capacity building trainings for over 30 local National Urban League affiliates, focused on helping them develop career pathways strategies, enhance employer engagement and case management activities, and leverage data to inform their management practices. We developed a set of industry-specific career maps, grounded in labor market information and geared towards exposing program participants to myriad career opportunities available to them – and the steps required to achieve them. The training series culminated in a three-day training at NUL’s national conference, during which we outlined the core components of a career pathways strategy, shared implementation approaches, and unveiled the career maps.
Contract Administration Improvements Yielding Over $900K in Savings
Despite its strong program outcomes, a Tennessee human services provider was losing money on its performance-based welfare-to-work contract. We analyzed the provider’s procedures for contract management and performance tracking, identified disconnects between programmatic and fiscal results, and recommended improvements. We identified opportunities to better document payment milestones attained, automate data processing to improve operational control, and use case record data to target services to customers with specific needs. We also developed quality assurance procedures to ensure invoices were complete and accurate. We identified almost $1M in additional claimable payments.
National Program Expansion
We prepared a local workforce development organization for their successful expansion into new cities and their evolution into a national organization. We worked with the client to articulate a service model rooted in best practices that would be the basis for replication. We engaged staff in working sessions to determine which elements of the organization’s service model were critical success factors that should be part of the core of any replication, while identifying which elements were important context-specific factors that should be adapted to specific needs of individual communities. We also evaluated the organizational design, administrative infrastructure and management processes to determine whether they were sufficiently robust to support a larger, geographically dispersed organization. Our recommended enhancements strengthened its management, better facilitated program success, and established the capacity to manage expansion without compromising program quality.
Community Based Organization and Nonprofit Clients
- Alliance for New York State Parks
- Building Skills New York
- Center for an Urban Future
- Chinatown Partnership
- Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund
- Council for Airport Opportunity
- The Door
- Family Care International
- Greenpoint Manufacturing & Design Center
- Harlem Asthma Initiative
- Henry Street Settlement
- Initiative for a Competitive Inner City
- Long Island City Partnership
- Lower East Side Employment Network
- Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty
- National Urban League
- Neighborhood Plaza Partnership
- Nontraditional Employment for Women
- NYC Employment and Training Coalition
- Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow
- Per Scholas
- Queens Community House
- Southwest Brooklyn Industrial Development Corporation
- STRIVE International
- Times Square Alliance
- Workforce Professionals Training Institute