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Client-Specific Resources

This section gathers together information on key topics relevant to the nonprofit/social impact sector that are beneficial you to be aware to be able to better serve your clients. These resources are intended to give you an introduction to the challenges facing not-for-profit organisations and to act as a launch-pad for you to conduct more research. Here you can also find all the previous projects completed by 180 Degrees Consulting to draw inspiration from. 

Past Projects Database

Resource: Past Projects Database 

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A collection of catalogued project files from past 180 Degrees Consulting projects. We hope these prompt ideas, generate discussion and inspire you to enhance your current and future projects.

(Please do not share these outside of 180 Degrees, as we need to maintain confidentiality.) 

Time required: 9000 hours (or as long as you like!)

What you will learn:

  • How your colleagues have handled previous client problems and how clients have evaluated their solutions
  • How different consulting advice and methodology has impacted our clients’ endeavours.
  • How 180 Degrees Consulting has helped create vital, impactful and sustainable social impact.
How to develop a marketing strategy

Resource: Channel Strategy Frameworks

Time required: 15 minutes

What you will learn:

  • How to choose the best marketing channel strategy relative to alternatives


How to develop a corporate strategy market analysis

Resource: Corporate Strategy Market Analysis

Time required: 30 minutes

What you will learn:

  • How to do a structured assessment of a client’s markets (using tools including PEST, Porter’s Five Forces and Logic Trees)


Employee Management (volunteers and paid staff)

Resource: Employee Management – 180 Degrees Consulting Intellectual Capital Report

Time required: 20 minutes

What you will learn:

  • Strategies to recruit, manage and retain volunteers and paid staff

Resource: Volunteer Engagement Ratio

Time required: 25 minutes

What you will learn:

  • How to systematically assess how engaged volunteers are with an organisation using the Volunteer Engagement Ratio tool


Fundraising

Resource: How to manage relationships with donors

Time required: 15 minutes

What you will learn:

  • How to retain and satisfy a client’s donors
  • How to establish trust, loyalty and commitment with donors


Fundamentals business principles

Resource: The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business (Book Summary)

Time required: 5 hours

What you will learn:

  • The most valuable business lessons distilled into simple, memorable mental models that can be applied to real-world challenges. The fastest way to learn all the basics you need to know
  • How businesses created value
  • How businesses market and sell products and services
  • How businesses effectively deliver value
  • Key finance management concepts
  • How to work with yourself and others
  • How to measure and drive performance

 

How to think better

Resource: Concepts to add to your cognitive toolkit

Time required: 15 mins per week, up to 40 weeks (as desired)

What you will learn

  • Learn a new cognitive tool every week – concepts from psychology, philosophy, economics and other disciplines delivered straight to your inbox to reshape how you see the world


Introduction to social entrepreneurship

Resource: An Introductory Guide for Social Enterprises Serving Base of Pyramid Markets

Time required: 10 hours.

What you will learn:

  • Learn about leading practices in logistics, marketing, partnerships, marketing and sales, social impact measurement, marketing and sales of highly respected social enterprises
  • Understand what the base of pyramid market is (people earning less than $8 uSD/day) and the challenges of doing business with it

Resource: The Inspiring Social Entrepreneurs Podcast

Time required: 50 minutes, weekly.

What you will learn:

  • Learn about the most successful impact models and the strategies utilised


Social Impact Measurement

Resource: Calculating Social Return on Investment

Time required: 30 minutes

What you will learn:

  • Possible methods of approaching a social impact measurement task (using tools including the resource/social impact matrix and future value calculations)

Free, high quality online courses (multiple topics)

Resource: Fundraising: How to Connect with Donors (free online course)

Time required: 6 weeks, 3 hrs/wk. Course offered biannually, check link for dates

What you will learn:

  • How to build relationships with donors
  • Learning how to ask for funding
  • How to handle disappointment whilst fundraising
  • How to assess whether an organisation is ready for fundraising
  • How to prepare for different types of fundraising
  • How to write good fundraising proposals

 

Resource: Essentials of Nonprofit Strategy (free online course)

Time required: 7 weeks, 3 hrs/wk. Course offered biannually, check link for dates

What you will learn:

  • How to define the Problem and identify stakeholders
  • How to develop a Theory of Change (how you will create impact)
  • How to develop logic models
  • How to define progress and outcome metrics
  • How to evaluate a program’s impact

Resource: Business Models for Social Impact (free online course)

Time required: 5 weeks, 2 hrs/wk. Course offered regularly throughout year, check link for dates

What you will learn:

  • What is a social enterprise?
  • Four social enterprise business models that are proven to create value
  • How to understand your value chain
  • How to build a sustainable revenue engine

Resource: Organisational Capacity: Assessment to Action (free online course)

Time required: 6 weeks, 2 hrs/wk. Course offered biannually, check link for dates

What you will learn:

  • How to use McKinsey & Company’s Organisation Capacity Assessment Tool to identify areas to improve in an organisation and create a plan to improve them. Extremely useful course

 

Resource: Introduction to Human-Centred Design (free online course)

Time required: 9 weeks, 4 hrs/wk. Course offered regularly, check link for dates

What you will learn:

  • Learn the 4 steps of the human-centred design process to create innovative solutions ot real world challenges
  • Build an effective interview guide to learn and document research
  • Practice creative techniques to build rapid prototypes and make ideas come to life
  • Learn to effectively test prototypes with real users and identify promising solutions to begin implementing

 

Resource: Global Social Entrepreneurship (free online course)

Time required: 6 weeks, 3 hrs/wk. Course offered biannually, check link for dates

What you will learn:

  • Definitions of social entrepreneurship
  • How to structure, launch, manage and grow your social enterprise
  • How to deal with transitions and challenges that will arise

 

Resource: Lean Data Approaches to Measure Social Impact (free online course)

Time required: 4 weeks, 3 hrs/wk. Course offered regularly throughout year, check link for dates

What you will learn:

  • How to the shortcomings of traditional “monitoring and evaluation” mindset
  • How to create a streamlined survey to understand why a product, service or program is meaingful to customer
  • How to identify an appropriate technology to rapidly collect data
  • How to develop a basic data dashboard to display and act upon data