National CASA/GAL Association for Children

Orr Group is partnering with staff and board leadership to identify and operationalize priorities through the organization’s next strategic plan.

Situation

The National CASA/GAL Association for Children (NCASA), together with state and local member programs, supports and promotes court-appointed volunteer advocacy so every child who has experienced abuse or neglect can be safe, have a permanent home, and the opportunity to thrive. NCASA’s extensive national network of CASA/GAL programs comprises 900+ state and local member programs, operating in 49 states.

Recently, NCASA undertook a planning process to develop a new Strategic Plan for 2022-2026. NCASA’s primary goals are to scale its programs to serve more eligible children and families with family-centered outcomes and to cultivate a culture of diversity and inclusiveness to foster innovation, engagement, retention and better outcomes. As part of this process, NCASA formed three working groups of its Board focused on the NCASA network structure, the service model and the funding model. With the research and analysis recently completed by the working groups, NCASA engaged with Orr Group to facilitate the final phases of its planning process.

Solution

As part of this work, we are facilitating a series of meetings where the Board is making decisions on the vision for the next five years and the plan’s goals and strategies. We also designed and implemented a network-wide survey to incorporate feedback and ideas from staff and volunteers from throughout the NCASA network. Most recently, following NCASA’s board meeting that took place in January of 2022, we are continuing to collaborate with with the NCASA staff leadership to draft the final plan document that will be shared with the network at its annual meeting in June, and ultimately be used as a tool for funders and partners as well.

Once the plan is approved, Orr Group will then undertake a development planning assignment to design a roadmap for funding the strategic plan.