Merger Integration & Visioning

Two Not-for-Profit Agencies Develop a Shared Vision and Plan Their Future from the Future as Part of Their Ongoing Merger Integration

Company Profile:

  • Two previously separate not-for-profit agencies who provide critical housing and financial assistance to individuals affected by HIV/AIDS
  • Together, these agencies serve hundreds of clients a year throughout Los Angeles County

Business Challenge:

  • Two agencies were almost two years into the process of merging their client services and core operations
  • The organizations needed a skilled facilitator to lead representatives from both agencies through a process to set the strategic direction for the combined agency

Strategic Planning and Facilitation solutions provided include:

  • Conducted individual interviews with select Board members to discuss their greatest successes of the past, any existing organizational challenges, and their individual visions for the future
  • Facilitated group feedback sessions with several managers and staff to further assess the organizations’ strengths and better understand potential strategic directions for the combined agency
  • Facilitated an offsite leadership retreat with Board members from both agencies to create a shared vision for the future and define a common set of core values for the new organization
  • Established guiding principles for the combined agency, including strategic objectives for the Board, Staff, Clients, and broader Community, based on a three-year planning horizon
  • Conducted follow-up working sessions with several Senior Staff to review the Board’s initial directives and prepare an operational plan with key milestones for each group across each of the three years; Refined the draft vision and mission during these sessions
  • Led a final leadership retreat to review the new vision with the Board and have them approve the strategic and operational plans

Key Business Results:

  • Defined new vision, mission, and values for the combined agency
  • Developed a comprehensive strategic plan along with clear operational goals for Senior Staff to execute over the next three years
  • Instilled renewed commitment and a strong sense of stewardship for the combined organization’s success with dedicated leaders and an aligned Board

Client Success

"Jeremy’s process of planning our future from the future brought together Board members and Senior Staff from our newly merged agency to develop a shared vision for the organization. His expert facilitation was exactly what we needed to get aligned!"
- Executive Director