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Strategic Planning for Nonprofits: Case Study

New Pathways New Orleans 

Client Context

New Pathways New Orleans (NPNO), a New Orleans-based nonprofit founded in 2016 aims to build cross-sector solutions for New Orleans youth with the most significant needs by bringing knowledge and new resources to the table, aligning stakeholders into action, and catalyzing program and system-level innovation.

Client Challenge

trepwise Advisors, working in collaboration with a team from Square Button Consulting, were engaged by NPNO, to conduct a strategic planning process. The organization sought answers to key questions around how it could define its impact and place within an already crowded nonprofit ecosystem.

trepwise's Role

An innovative 8-month strategic planning process involving more than two dozen stakeholder interviews, focus groups with youth and parents, an assessment of peer organizations, and a series of advisory group meetings including key stakeholders from across the special education, mental and behavioral health, and juvenile justice ecosystem.

The Impact

Our work focused on catalyzing shared solutions across education, mental and behavioral health, and juvenile justice by building collective knowledge, facilitating shared vision and problem solving, and bringing new resources to the table in the form of funding, staff support, and advocacy.

Engagement highlights included:

  • High-Level Theory of Change.
  • Recommendation of 20 strategies aimed at creating a local youth-serving ecosystem where all youth have pathways to success.
  • Creation of a detailed expense-side financial model.
  • Articulation of key next steps to provide the organization with a roadmap for implementation.

What Our Clients Say

Peggy Mendoza, CEO

New Pathways New Orleans
trepwise has been an invaluable support throughout our organization’s launch – from conception of our mission and values, strategic planning, and designing a financial sustainability plan. With the trepwise team’s thought partnership and expertise, our organization has been able to cultivate our vision into a tangible and concrete three-year plan designed for success. And, to boot, the trepwise folks have been an absolute delight to work with!

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