Strategic Planning

Griot Arts


Founded in 2011, Griot Arts is a creative youth development organization in Clarksdale, Mississippi. Griot empowers at-risk youth to create positive change in their lives and their community through the arts. With support from the Walton Family Foundation, Griot engaged The Whelan Group (TWG) to develop a five-year strategic plan and to map out a [...]

Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation

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For 50 years, Restoration has been Central Brooklyn’s anchor institution. Not only does Restoration hold the distinction of being the first community development corporation (CDC) in the country, it is the leading CDC to intentionally employ the arts to influence personal financial mobility and community vitality. Its Board of Directors recently embarked on a strategic [...]

Norton Museum of Art

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Over a period of 15 years, TWG served as a strategic advisor and campaign consultant to the renowned Norton Museum of Art located in West Palm Beach, Florida. TWG designed and supported three major campaigns for the museum, which engaged hundreds of board members, staff members, and volunteers. In addition to designing and executing an [...]


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An international health services organization affiliated with Johns Hopkins University, Jhpiego is devoted to improving access to healthcare for women and their families throughout the developing world.  TWG was retained to assist Jhpiego with the installation of a campaign-style major gift program focused on developing private, charitable support for value-added programming, service delivery innovations and [...]

Urban Strategies


Urban Strategies is a nonprofit subsidiary of the national affordable housing developer McCormack Baron Salazar (MBS). Together, they rebuild urban communities with a range of amenities and comprehensive service supports. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Urban Strategies and MBS were selected by the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development and the city of [...]

Coney Island Development Corporation


In collaboration with New York City’s Economic Development Corporation, the Coney Island Development Corporation sought to develop a strategy for the revitalization of the Coney Island community. TWG was selected to create a business plan and financial strategy for this initiative, which centered on the renovation and development of five “community anchors”—including the B&B Carousell, [...]

EcoMedia, a CBS Company

For the past 15 years, EcoMedia has successfully harnessed the power of advertising and channeled it into tangible social change. Acquired by CBS in 2010, EcoMedia’s product offerings—the EducationAd, WellnessAd, EcoAd, and Viewers to Volunteers (V2V)—are built around a model that channels millions of dollars from corporate advertising budgets to nonprofit organizations across the country. [...]

Hoboken Dual Language Charter School


An entrepreneurial kindergarten through eighth grade charter school located in Hoboken, New Jersey, Hoboken Dual Language Charter School (HoLa) offers a dual language (Spanish/English) curriculum that seeks to foster a culture of academic success and nurture the social-emotional and personal development of each child. Integral to HoLa’s success is its ability to offer value-added programming [...]

Spring Initiative

Founded in 2011, Spring Initiative is an intensive, community-based after-school program for at-risk students enrolled in Clarksdale, Mississippi’s public school system. With support from the Walton Family Foundation, Spring Initiative engaged TWG to manage a comprehensive strategic planning process that involved a broad cross section of community stakeholders. The resulting plan mapped out a five-year [...]

The Doe Fund


The Doe Fund seeks to help homeless and formerly incarcerated individuals achieve self-sufficiency by providing affordable and supportive housing and by engaging its clients in innovative programs and business ventures. The president and board of The Doe Fund turned to TWG to guide the organization through a comprehensive board assessment and evaluation initiative. At the [...]

Snug Harbor Cultural Center

Located in Staten Island, New York, Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden is one of the largest, ongoing adaptive reuse projects in America. Today, across its 83-acre park-like campus, Snug Harbor consists of 26 historic buildings, nine botanical gardens, a two-acre urban farm, and 10 acres of wetlands. TWG was retained by the board [...]



Based in New York City, The LAMP, is an innovative nonprofit on the leading edge of education-based technology. The program serves at-risk and underserved populations that often lack access to media tools. The LAMP provides hands-on learning opportunities for students, parents, and educators and teaches them how to comprehend, create, and critique media.  One of [...]

Acacia Network

Acacia Network is a Bronx-based, Latino-led community development organization that manages integrated health and housing programs and operates innovative social services programs. TWG, in partnership with the Alexander Development Group and Open Minds, conducted a comprehensive strategic planning process for Acacia Network. The resulting plan provided Acacia with a dynamic vision for its housing and [...]

The Newark Museum

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New Jersey’s preeminent and largest museum of art and science, the Newark Museum manages world class collections, conducts nationally-renowned education programs, and serves as a civic and cultural anchor in the City of Newark.  TWG was retained as an advisor to the director and board to help prepare for and conduct a $37.5 million campaign. [...]

The Brotherhood/Sister Sol


This Harlem-based youth development organization provides long-term support services to Black and Latino youth who range in age from eight to twenty-two. The Brotherhood/Sister Sol (Bro/Sis) operates after school care and other programs with a focus on leadership development and academic achievement. TWG was asked to guide the board, the executive staff, and a range [...]

Community Access


Community Access is a forty-year old community development corporation committed to providing affordable housing and appropriate support services for formally homeless people living with mental health concerns. TWG was asked by the CEO to help create a business plan for a new Office of Development and Communications.  TWG also worked with the board and senior [...]

Weeksville Heritage Center

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Weeksville Heritage Center is an historic site and multidisciplinary museum dedicated to preserving the history of the 19th century African-American community of Weeksville, Brooklyn—one of America’s first free black communities.  As Weeksville considered the value in making the transition from a modest local project to a regionally important cultural institution, TWG was engaged to assist [...]

Franciscan Brothers of Brooklyn

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Founded in 1858, the Franciscan Brothers of Brooklyn have been an enduring educational force in New York and the eastern United States.  Like many religious communities, the Brothers faced a rapidly retiring population and an associated decline in stipend revenue. TWG was engaged to develop a long-term business plan for the Community and to assemble [...]

Social Impact Exchange

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The Social Impact Exchange is a nonprofit intermediary created to advance a revolutionary idea—using private equity-style strategies to scale nonprofit organizations that have an effective, evidence-based solution to a significant social problem. Working with the organization’s president and leadership team, TWG developed a business plan that called for groups of foundations and philanthropists to join [...]

Pratt Institute


Pratt Institute is one of the world’s leading colleges of art, design, and architecture. On the cusp of its 125th anniversary, the Brooklyn-based institution retained TWG to guide a comprehensive strategic planning process that would drive the school’s educational mission and vision for the next decade. TWG’s inclusive planning process sought advice from all stakeholders [...]

The School of American Ballet

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Established by legendary choreographer George Balanchine in 1934, the School of American Ballet (SAB) is today the premier ballet academy in the United States. At a time when the school anticipated needing significant new resources, the president asked TWG to conduct a comprehensive assessment of the school’s fundraising and communication functions and to explore the [...]