What will we be doing five years from now?

Charting a flexible course

It isn’t just a question of where you’re going, but how you’ll get there. Through focused and comprehensive strategic plans that combine big ideas with data-driven analysis, Fairmount approaches with flexibility the options that lie before you and helps you drive to what’s next – whether that means staying in your lane or transforming your organization.

One of the region’s largest human services organizations, JEVS engaged Fairmount to develop its strategic plan to identify growth opportunities and new revenue sources. Analysis of populations served, prior growth paths, and existing funding led to recommendations for mission-centric service areas where JEVS could differentiate, infrastructure building to maximize service delivery, leadership development for strength in program areas, and partnerships and affiliations that could open new revenue streams. Today, JEVS is experiencing steady growth through its Make Hope Happen mission, an increased annual operating budget, and expansion into new, revenue-generating program areas.

Ralston Center recently marked 200 years of providing services to older adults in Philadelphia. Founded as a home for indigent, single women, Ralston entered its third century with a reimagined outlook and refreshed mission – a shift facilitated by Fairmount. We helped Ralston convene more than 40 local and citywide stakeholders to discuss the aspirations and needs of older people in West Philadelphia. From those findings, we developed a plan for Ralston’s Age-Friendly West Philadelphia Initiative, an effort to find individual and systemic solutions that make the physical and social environments in West Philadelphia more conducive to older adults’ well-being and ability to age in place. Three signature projects are now underway. One highlight is Ralston’s Age-Friendly Places, which is creating inter-generational public spaces in parks and playgrounds, making social engagement for neighbors young and old the name of the game.

Sometimes the strategic path forward requires clarity around what you do best. At the HMS School for Children with Cerebral Palsy, children who have complex, multiple disabilities from cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury, or other neurological impairment benefit from highly integrated, intensive residential and day program services. While the care is comprehensive, the cost can be a barrier for school districts seeking the best solution for each child. Fairmount developed HMS’ strategic plan to demonstrate its value to parents who, in turn, can work with their school districts in determining if the school is the right fit. The plan also identified areas for expansion like summer programming, additional medical services, and individualized technology solutions for students – an area in which HMS now leads.