Tahoe Fund accomplished what no single organization had: it brought together legislators, agencies, organizations and non-profits to coordinate meaningful and long-term positive effects for Lake Tahoe’s sustainability, its residents, and visitors. However, exponentially increasing the organization’s impact through 2030 required strategic decisions, tough choices, and steadfast alignment.
A 10-year strategic roadmap for Tahoe Fund to increase its impact and scale the organization with clear outcomes and roles for the board and staff.
In its first ten years, Tahoe Fund enjoyed unprecedented success positively impacting Lake Tahoe, its residents, and visitors. Still, their team understood the need for a clear vision of success and a focused set of strategies or risk the all-too-common reality of diminishing impact and relevance in its second decade.
Having established themselves as a unifying, neutral collaborator in the political eco-system of organizations working to protect Lake Tahoe, Tahoe Fund grew beyond the adolescent phase of a non-profit and was ready to exponentially increase its efforts and impact. However, without a strategic plan to establish Tahoe Fund’s focus and organizational design, the risk for the organization was to become involved in too many programs and fall short of the impact essential to insure a bright future for the mountain lake.
Tahoe Fund asked OnStratey’s team of Chief Strategy Officers to guide the planning process and develop the 10-year strategic plan to further focus the organization’s effort and impact. Each member of the staff and board recognized that the right focus can drive greater impact than in its first decade. Here was our approach:
The Tahoe Fund’s strategic planning process provided a consensus-building opportunity among the staff, board and its stakeholders. The process resulted in a powerfully-focused strategic direction that clearly identified Tahoe Fund’s role and purpose while respecting the efforts of all stakeholders in the region.
As a non-profit, Tahoe Fund sought to focus its planning efforts and budget on the highest-impact outputs that would be actionable. The deliverables were designed to guide decisions, persuade stakeholders and raise the money needed to increase Tahoe Fund’s impact.
Together with OnStrategy, the board and staff of Tahoe Fund advanced their thinking from theoretical conversations to a tangible plan with specific goals and activities. The strategic roadmap made the vision clear and achievable, without making it any less aspirational.