Maggie’s Place

Case Study

Facilitating consensus on a strategic direction.

Maggie’s Place offers a welcoming home—and physical, emotional, and spiritual support—for pregnant women in difficult circumstances. In 2013, its dynamic cofounder and longtime president stepped down, and the board of directors decided that this was an opportune time to have a strategic discussion about how to identify the next generation of organizational leaders.

Maggie’s Place engaged American Philanthropic to facilitate this board-level discussion. At a one-day retreat, we helped board members review their mission statement, re-examine the organization’s core values, and evaluate opportunities for programmatic expansion. We advised the board on best practices for identifying new board members. And we helped board members articulate, at a detailed level, the characteristics that the organization was looking for in a new president.

At the end of the retreat, the board had achieved consensus on the strategic direction of the organization, and staff were empowered to move forward on a number of fronts.


American Philanthropic is registered as “fundraising counsel,” “fundraising consultants,” or other similar designations in all states requiring this kind of registration. We did not act as a “professional fundraiser” in the case cited above, meaning, among other things, that we did not at any time solicit funds, assets, or property on our client’s behalf.