Cynthia O’Connor completed the first phase of her consulting work with the Learning Disability Association of CNY (LDACNY) through The Gifford Foundation’s ADVANS program. The work utilized the Nonprofit Lifecycles approach developed by Susan Kenny Stevens. Cynthia led a group of senior staff and Board members through a review of LDACNY’s history and values, their service area and market, their mission and services, and a self-assessment of management, governance, financial resources, and administrative systems. The process concluded with development of a Capacity Improvement Work-Plan. Now in the second phase of the consultancy, Cynthia is guiding LDACNY through an extensive needs assessment and market analysis which will be applied to mission re-alignment and scenario planning for new ventures.