We started working on this tool out of our common desire to provide a better way to assist our clients with tools and processes that incorporated their organizational and movement-building values and aspirations.
We particularly wanted a tool that:
- Integrated social justice and movement building values into organizational effectiveness benchmarks
- Promoted learning opportunities for the organizations (and thus increase organizational development capacity "on the ground") through providing detailed process and next steps guidelines.
We sincerely hope this tool is a good beginning in this direction.This organizational assessment tool has been developed by Emily Goldfarb, Helen Kim, and Michael Wong, San Francisco Bay Area-based organizational development consultants who have worked with a wide range of nonprofit social change and social service organizations.
Emily Goldfarb has worked as a consultant since 1997 for more than 60 non-profit organizations, networks/coalitions, and foundations. She provides strategic planning, coaching, meeting facilitation, leadership development and designs approaches to capacity building. Emily works with community-based organizations that develop leadership, organize community and advocate policy, or with funders who support these organizations. She serves as Lead Consultant for the FACT Management Assistance Program. Active for over 20 years in the field of immigrant/refugee rights, she currently serves on the board of Mujeres Unidas y Activas and is bilingual in English and Spanish.
Helen S. Kim is an organizational development consultant, leadership trainer and executive coach with 11 years of experience in working with social change organizations in the US and Korea. She has also spent ten years as a community organizer focusing on immigrant, labor, and environmental justice issues. Helen is a consultant for the FACT Management Assistance Program and Haas Jr. Fund's Flexible Leadership Investment Program. She is a co-author of Working Across Generations: Defining the Future of Nonprofit Leadership, team member of Building Movement Project, and trainer for Rockwood Leadership Institute.
Michael Wong is an organizational development consultant focusing on strategic planning, facilitation and process work, management development, and board development. With over 13 years of experience, Mike has worked in the areas of civil rights, violence prevention, community health and prevention, children and families, and social justice. Mike is a Certified Master Facilitator through the International Institute for Facilitation. He has a wide range of facilitation experience, including facilitation of small groups and single organizations, coalitions and networks, and town hall and community meetings.
Capacity Building With a Social Justice Framework
Our national capacity building program is specifically designed for social justice organizations, and we also contribute to social movement development and field building through peer exchange programs and our own learning laboratory programs.
We believe in the transformative impact social justice organizations have upon our society and through capacity building we help to build strong, healthy and impactful organizations.
We offer customized services that fit the ethos, culture, leadership styles and decision-making processes of social justice organizations and alliances.
Our services include:
- Board Development and Governance
- Change Management/ Organizational Culture Change
- Executive Transition Planning
- 501(c)(4) Consultation
- Financial Assessment
- Fundraising Planning and Systems
- Grassroots Fundraising
- Human Resources
- Program Development
- Program and Organizational Evaluation
- Leadership Development and Coaching
- Major Donor Development Planning
- Staff Development
- Strategic Communications
- Strategic Planning
- Strategic Restructuring
- Team Building