MPS Assists in Action

What will your success story look like? Contact Kat McDonald to learn how MPS can serve you.



Responding to Market Trends

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Client

Points of Light Military Initiatives (MI) Division

“Each interaction was thorough, well-planned and professional. MPS helped Points of Light’s Military Initiative’s team build
a strategy during a critical and transitory time. The end result was a well-thought-out and cohesive plan that involves
sound strategy, realistic goals, and next steps.”

Challenge

Realignment of the work in the Veteran and Military space to correspond with trends in the volunteerism and Veteran-engagement markets.

Action

MPS planned and led workshops to define MI’s values, mission, vision, customer value proposition, strategic goals, objectives, and programmatic initiatives.

Result

Creation of a comprehensive strategic plan addressing the organization’s approach to stabilizing and scaling the division’s work while meeting financial, customer, organizational, and business needs.



Launching New Initiatives

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Client

Talent Beyond Boundaries (TBB)

“M Powered Strategies provided TBB with significantly more feedback and insight into our work than we could have expected! Their recommendations continue to guide our strategic planning.”

Challenge

Identifying the best approach for successfully pairing skilled refugees with international corporations experiencing a skills gap.

Action

MPS researched nearly 100 organizations within the private, government, and nonprofit sectors, and conducted 30 interviews to gather key insights on the market.

Result

Creation of a clear vision and an actionable plan to achieve the program’s first successful pilot.



Program Development & Volunteer Recruitment Planning

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Client

Points of Light

MPS bridged a gap in skills-based volunteer service by developing a replicable plan and tools for helping nonprofits understand the project management component of scoping and seeing a project through to the end.”

Challenge

Developing a new way of recruiting that would match skilled volunteers with Points of Light’s nonprofit partners.

Action

MPS consulted with Points of Light to define and implement a pilot program, Coach2Action, which utilized a specialized recruitment method for engaging project management volunteers through the Project Management Institute (PMI). The pilot involved establishing a project management maturity framework, and coordinating the training and engagement of the project coaches.

Result

30 nonprofits were paired with 60 trained project coaches from the PMI community. MPS worked with project coaches throughout the process to provide guidance and collect lessons learned which will be used to improve future iterations of the Coach2Action program.



Establishing Organizational Direction and Priorities

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Client

Winrock International, Multiple Use Water Systems (MUS) Division

Working with M Powered was a fabulous experience! They helped us quickly define a scope of work – developing a Strategic Plan for our MUS portfolio. The process went so smoothly and efficiently… the final Strategic Plan, along with all supporting materials, is top-notch.

Challenge

Prioritizing and aligning activities to strategic goals to ensure big-picture results focused on long-term program growth and expansion.

Action

MPS conducted an environmental scan for the MUS division and used the analysis results to lead collaborative working sessions with the team to refine their mission, vision, strategic goals, and performance measures.

Result

Creation of a three-year strategic plan with prioritized short-term projects mapped out over the 12 quarters, including recommendations for maximizing internal and external resource assignment.



Increasing Self Awareness and Teambuilding Skills

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Client

Public Allies DC

The wonderful balance between content and process in your workshop design was engaging and effective. MPS’ knowledge and competency pushed our understanding of ourselves and our group.

Challenge

Providing tools to Public Allies DC Ally apprentices to increase their self-awareness and understanding of group dynamics.

Action

MPS developed and delivered a half-day Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) leadership training and workshop to 30 Public Allies apprentices and emerging leaders.

Result

Participants raised their level of understanding about differences in personal preferences and left with a commitment to adapt and work better with individuals whose communication styles are different than their own.


To learn more about MPS Assists or becoming a pro bono client, organizations should contact:
Kat McDonald, Community Engagement Manager  |  kathryn.mcdonald@mpoweredstrategies.com