Richard Male and Associates (RMA) is one of Colorado’s most experienced nonprofit management consulting firms. Founder/President Richard Male brings more than 40 years of both grassroots and high-level experience in social advocacy, nurturing leadership, and organizational development.
RMA was engaged to develop a strategic/business approach for the YESS Institute that would provide a unified vision, mission, and direction for the organization during the next three years. The YESS Institute seeks to scale its innovative youth peer mentoring model over the 2011-2013 period and market it to significantly expanded venues, from additional schools in Denver to other Colorado school districts, and then to a nationwide market.
In considering the needs of the YESS Institute, RMA appreciates the differences between a traditional business plan (generally prepared for a commercial enterprise) and a strategic plan (generally developed by the board of directors of a nonprofit organization). RMA’s approach is to draw upon the body of experience knowledge that informs each–and ultimately guide the YESS Institute through a process that combines the best elements of both disciplines. There are both nonprofit as well as for-profit elements to this effort, for although the YESS Institute is course a nonprofit organization, the focus of this initiative is to strengthen its core product for the purpose of licensing/selling it as earned income.