Synthesis Partnership - Webinar Announcement Strategy, Planning & Organizational Development for Nonprofits



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Building Understanding I

November 4

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Building Understanding II

November 18

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Working with organizations
facing or creating change
to align strategy, identity,
capacity & facilities
with vision, mission & values.

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Newton MA 02459

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Previous Webinars

to be repeated in 2010


Cultivating Stakeholders

A strategy of inclusion for challenging times


Strategic Planning

as Organizational Development


Beyond Strategic Planning:

The Case for Integrated Planning



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Beginning to think about a facility project for your nonprofit? Forward this notice to all of your board members. These Webinars will give them the tools they need to avoid the unnecessary costs and risks that encumber almost all nonprofit projects. The investment of an hour or two of their time will offer enormous payback.

Building Understanding I:

An Overview of Facility Planning or Renewal for Nonprofits

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

1:00 pm Eastern / 10:00 am Pacific

Facilities require ongoing evaluation and renewal, for function, energy efficiency (both for cost and for carbon footprint) and support of mission. The alternative is deferred maintenance, increasing operating costs, and various kinds of future crisis. This webinar focuses on opportunities and pitfalls in the planning of new facilities and renewal of existing ones. It touches on what a CEO and board need to know to increase quality and value in the conception, design and construction of new or renovated facilities, while reducing costs, risks and stress. It addresses roles and responsibilities (board, CEO, staff, architects, contractors, consultants), strategy, planning, programming, budgeting, and financial modeling. Participants will get a comprehensive road map to the facility development process.

Building Understanding II:

Facility Development Options and Decisions

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

1:00 pm Eastern / 10:00 am Pacific

Before launching any substantial facility project, nonprofit leaders should have a clear sense of the entire process so that they can maximize quality and value while minimizing costs, risks and stress. Picking up where the previous webinar leaves off, this session will consider establishment of an effective structure for project decision-making and oversight, selection of an architect and construction company, development of client-friendly contracts, and the phases of the design and construction process.

The Presenters

(picture of Sam Frank) (picture of Randall Reaves)


Sam Frank founded Synthesis Partnership in 1995. He has experience as a staff member, volunteer, and trustee as well as a consultant. Sam has served on the boards of local and national non-profit organizations addressing education, health care, preservation, homelessness and the environment. He has offered workshops on integrated planning at more than a dozen national and regional conferences of nonprofit associations. He writes a free e-newsletter, Critical Issues in Strategy, Planning and Organizational Development, available through the Synthesis Partnership website; and writes a blog on nonprofit issues. Before founding Synthesis Partnership Sam was Director of Architecture and Design at Corning Incorporated, and Dean of Architecture and Design at Rhode Island School of Design. He was educated in English literature at Princeton University, architecture at Harvard University, and architectural history, theory and criticism at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Randall Reaves is an architect and attorney with over thirty years of experience in both the private and public sectors. Randall has served as the construction attorney for The University of Texas System, where he counseled central facilities planners, component institution business officers, and physical plant directors. He initiated an effort to authorize innovative construction and purchasing methods for higher education in Texas, including alternative project delivery systems, and advised legislators on drafting the resultant legislation. He has also acted as a consultant to non-profit organizations such as public library systems, museums, universities, and independent schools on project budgeting and programming, and contract formation and negotiation with contractors and architects. He received his undergraduate and professional architectural degrees at Rice University in Houston, and his law degree from the University of Houston.