Lauren specializes in strategy for the intersection of the three sectors - business, nonprofit, and government. With a decade of experience in the social sector and a Master of Business Administration, she has a unique perspective in providing solutions for all organizational types in strategy, management, planning, process improvement, shared value, corporate social responsibility, triple-bottom line methodology, and other areas of operations.
Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is an increasingly crucial area of strategic focus for businesses today. In developing an effective CSR strategy, it is important to have a background in reporting, environmental impact, and the management of social sector organizations and movements. CSR is about more than buying recycled paper for the copier - it is about alignment with ethical standards and social norms of responsible impact towards profit, people, and the environment.
Shared value involves creating economic value in a way that also creates value for society by addressing its needs and challenges. Consumers are focusing more and more on the core values of brands to identify products and services that create value.
Social sector organizations often have difficulties with program evaluation and determining program effectiveness - there is a perception that qualitative work cannot be measured and thus, an organization has a difficult time demonstrating how effective and impactful their work is. Using evidence-based tools and models for program evaluation, program effectiveness, and process improvement, you can begin telling your story in a way that is more appealing to donors, funders, and the general public.
Nonprofits are often thought of as charities - but our work is more diverse and complicated than most people know about. Nonprofits are businesses also, and it is crucial to have a healthy business so you can keep providing services to the community.