Spark Nonprofit Excellence
Expertly guiding and supporting nonprofit leadership through times of crisis.
Leadership Through Crisis
The Current Climate
Leading through a crisis is a special gift and a heavy burden. You do not have to do it alone.
During this pandemic, nonprofit organizations are facing significant challenges. You have been forced to re-imagine how to execute on your missions. For some, this may be impossible, for others not ideal. And yet, you must continue to fulfill your mission, serve your constituents, and your community.
There are urgent decisions that must be made now. Can you fulfill your mission in a safe, healthy way? If not, is there something you can do to achieve some aspect of your mission in the interim.
How long until you can get “back to normal?” If you are not fulfilling your mission, is your staff working?
And how do you even start to think about the future?
These questions and more are at the heart of leadership right now. Nonprofit organizations must be in the ready position to serve the needs of our communities. We must not take our eyes off our mission and our goals. Now is the time to engage partners in developing the plans to continue to serve your mission and prepare for recovery and re-emergence.
How Can 8 Gates Help
It is hard to step back and be strategic while you are in the thick of it. Particularly in these uncertain times, it is hard to see any semblance of a path…it is hard to be leaders…but it is critical.
This is the time to recommit to your mission and vision, engage your leaders and shine. Focus on what you can control.
I understand, I’ve been exactly where you are now more than once in my 25-year career. Let me help you. As your trusted guide and coach together, we can strengthen your organization through leadership, governance, and planning.
Empower your board with confidence, pride in the decisions they make, and clarity of roles and responsibilities.
Create effective governance practices to ensure efficient and meaningful engagement with your leaders and community.
Set your north star; align priorities and goals; maximize fundraising and engagement.
What My Clients Have to Say
Ziva Starr Raney was instrumental in completing our organizational strategic plan. She has a thoughtful approach that leaves no stone unturned and examines all aspects of the business. Her logical guidance and proven steps make the process informative, illustrative and dare-I-say, enjoyable! Ziva is wise enough to know that far too many strategic plans are created, never to be looked at again. Her insistence on measurable metrics and periodic reviews means that your work will become a living, breathing document with ongoing relevance. While Ziva is always professional, she is willing to push and challenge all those involved to secure the best outcome. She brings wisdom, smarts and humor to her work, making her an outstanding partner.
Ziva makes the “geeky” world of non-profit board governance understandable – and practical. During a retreat, while I was synagogue president, Ziva led us through the process to develop our very first “board member commitment statement” (or board Brit) that detailed what was expected from each board member and what those board members could expect from professional and lay leadership. She brought us a draft and then guided us as the group collaboratively refined the document into something meaningful (and that we still use years later). Ziva showed us how important having clear expectations is in nurturing board excellence. Her expertise has proved invaluable to our board time and time again.
I’ve had Ziva work with my boards on several occasions, each time with great success. She has the rare gift of mastery of both sides of the non-profit yin-yang: the science and the art. Ziva has a vast knowledge of best-practice processes and also a high emotional IQ that allows her to connect these objective steps to board success with softer, nurturing human relationships. Her work is a holistic learning experience for boards and C-Suite staff that touches all the bases for growth.
Someone You Can Trust
Ziva Starr Raney
I have a passion for excellence in nonprofit management, powerful leadership, and impactful philanthropy. I have seen what happens when it doesn’t work well, and I have seen the joyful impact of changing the focus and creating success in these areas. I will bring to bear my professional focus in strong governance, developing strategic frameworks, crisis management & leadership, coaching and effective fundraising strategies to help your organization pursue excellence in the work you do.
You can expect a partner every step of the way, with your mission, culture and key stakeholders at the center of the process. Now is the time to engage a partner you can trust and focus on what you can control.
“Strive not for success, but to be of value.” – Albert Einstein
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8 Gates is the partner nonprofit organizations need to spark excellence in their work, their boards and their staff.
8 Gates is a culmination of my passion to be a guiding force for nonprofits.
With life-long experience in the industry. I help turn vision into plans and action into partnership with dedicated leaders.
ZIVA STARR RANEY