Jackie Cefola Consulting

Back in 2014, I had the pleasure of working with the Nonprofit Centers Network to complete a feasibility assessment to assist the Association of Community Services of Howard County in considering the potential to develop a human services center. Information was collected through a detailed survey, focus groups, individual interviews, and analysis of the local market for real estate. Recommendations were drafted for the proposed center’s mission and goals, potential tenant organizations, and operating models. Presentations were made during a public “Town Hall” and several  Advisory Committee meetings. Recently, I was pleased to read that the Association succeeded and will open the doors to a new center serving the local community. Read more about the project here.

In early 2017, I had the pleasure of working with the Nonprofit Centers Network and the Inter County Community Council (ICCC) of Thief River Falls, MN to create a pre-development strategy exploring the potential for a nonprofit center. As part of the planning process, we facilitated a Town Hall meeting to engage stakeholders from area nonprofit organizations, public agencies, and small businesses. After the meeting, several participants voiced strong appreciation for the opportunity to convene, learn more about local services, and share ideas about the needs of the local community and service providers. I very much look forward to staying in touch with the ICCC as plans continue to develop.

When I started consulting to social change organizations years ago, my very first project involved revising and designing a new curriculum for Integrated Access to Care and Treatment, an innovative HIV support and peer leadership program. After completing the curriculum updates, I ACT was rapidly adopted by governmental and NGO partners to serve hundreds of thousands of South Africans across all provinces. Very thankful to see this project through to such an impactful end.

 

I have been a consultant in many capacities over the years completing projects with multinational corporations, entrepreneurs, and nonprofit organizations. In 2010, while employed at Third Sector New England’s Nonprofit Center, I consulted with the Nonprofit Centers Network to co-author the Guide to Shared Services, published by Tides. More recently, the Network produced an updated piece, The Collaboration Project, which includes worksheets, case studies, and other resources aimed at practitioners interested in collaboration. This important guide is currently free and available for download.