Apter & O’Connor is providing consultation and assistance to a wide array of not-for-profit agencies to increase their ability to respond and thrive in the current challenging fiscal climate. Our capacity-building work with health, educational and human service agencies is taking several forms, depending on the needs and “life-cycle” stage of the organization. As part of this renewed emphasis on capacity building and organizational development, Cynthia O’Connor is serving as a consultant for ADVANS (Advancing and Developing the Value & Assets of Non-Profits in Syracuse), an initiative developed and funded by the Gifford Foundation.
As part of the Gifford ADVANS team, Cynthia has been trained by Dr. Susan Kenny Stevens, Gifford’s lead consultant for the project and the author of the award winning book Nonprofit Lifecycles Stage–Based Wisdom for Nonprofit Capacity. This organizational development framework assumes predictable needs, challenges, and strengths dependent on an agency’s life cycle—from start up to maturity— and works intensively with agency leadership teams to assess and fortify their infrastructure across management, governance, financial, and administrative systems, as well as programs and services.