North Highland and United Way of the Big Bend Partner to Support Local Organizations

As part of North Highland’s 25th anniversary, the firm expanded its company-wide “Day of Giving Back” to “25 Days of Giving Back.” In alignment with the firm’s economic empowerment philanthropic mission, the Tallahassee office partnered with United Way of the Big Bend (UWBB), an organization whose mission is to unite the support of citizens to make a stronger, safer and healthier community.

In partnering with United Way of the Big Bend, the North Highland teams worked with six influential community organizations that UWBB supports. These organizations included: Brehon Family Services, Capital Area Community Action Agency, the Early Learning Coalition of the Big Bend, the Refuge House and Turn About, Inc.

These organizations had an array of challenges they needed assistance solving. Their issues ranged from organizational restructuring and staff alignment, strategic visioning, volunteer recruitment and retention, organizational culture shift and aligning local needs with headquarter priorities. Once the team understood the full scope of initiatives, it engaged the office of approximately 20 people to best pair the staff with an organization based on people’s individual passions and interests with our clients’ needs to offer the best possible consulting advice.

The office kicked off its “25 Days of Giving Back” campaign by hosting an Executive Roundtable. This roundtable provided a forum for an introduction of the North Highland team, context behind the month of giving back and how the team was hoping to help them. Following the roundtable, each North Highland team gathered preliminary “pain point” information from each organization. The teams used that information to focus their scopes, prepare dynamic templates, best practices and other industry trend information to give each organization. Each team then scheduled a three-hour strategy session with their respective organizations. In these sessions, our teams listened, brainstormed, problem-solved and provided guidance to these organizations. At the end of the day, each organization walked away with a toolkit to combat specific issues and a personal point of contact on the North Highland team.